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Short Story Writing

Friday, August 16th, 2013
Short Story

Short Story

Title: Short Story Writing
Location: MadLab
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.

Course Syllabus

  • 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.

Short Story Writing Workshop at Omniversity

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Short Story Writing Workshop

Omniversity’s Short Story Writing Workshops have proven to be a success. This was the second time we ran the course and hopefully there will also be a third. Writers learned about structuring and editing their stories, but also how to communicate with the publishers. For many it seemed to be a great motivation to take their writing ambitions further.