Title: Short Story Writing
Description: Omniversity course exploring the short story.
Dates: Tuesday evenings: 8 October, 12 November, 10 December, 14th January, 11th February, 11th March
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
Over the course of six workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures used by short story writers and learn how to apply them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks – and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback – you’ll develop three stories to completion. You’ll receive tailored advice on how to shape the story and how to improve characterisation, dialogue and narrative voice.
- Workshop 1: Introduction & Voice
Introduction to the short form. We’ll be looking at what the short story can do that the novel can’t, and examining some archetypal short story structures. There’ll also be a writing exercise to help you generate some new ideas, and a set task for the next session.
- Workshop 2: Character
We’ll look at the ‘lyrical’ short story structure and set your second writing task. There will be a discussion of the use of language and imagery in a couple of examples of lyrical stories. We’ll also be critiquing your first short story, with feedback from the tutor and the other group members.
- Workshop 3: Setting
We’ll look at the ‘reveal’ story structure, discuss examples and set your third writing task. We’ll also be critiquing your second short story.
- Workshop 4: Conflict
We will discuss how character works differently in the short story in relation to structure in two examples. We will critique your third writing task and set your fourth.
- Workshop 5: Structure & Style
The anti-story. We will discuss some examples of short stories that reverse, subvert or play with the above structures. We will critique your fourth task. You can do a fifth task or redraft one of the previous tasks.
- Workshop 6: Editing & Publishing
We will look at how to increase your chances of having your stories accepted for publication, where they can be published and discuss and critique the fifth task or redrafts.
Your Tutor: Anneliese Mackintosh
Anneliese was selected for The Best British Short Stories of 2013, and her work has appeared in The Edinburgh Review, Gutter, Causeway/Cabhsair, Valve Journal, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland. In 2012, she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and won first place in the Unbound Press Short Story Award. Her first collection will be published by Freight Books in 2014.