Short Story Course with S J Bradley

02 February 2017

Tickets: £180 for the full course. Attendees must pay for full course - individual course units not available separately
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1 Thursday a month 2 Feb - 6 July 5.30 - 7.30pm

​presented by Comma Press

This course is about the short story …
Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop 3 short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, and how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publisher of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and it’s hoped that this course will unearth and develop contenders for one of their showcases of new writers.

What you need to be familiar with …
You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form. To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work. The course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, sci-fi, or horror – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to all these genres. This course will be taught by author, S J Bradley.

What we won’t cover …
This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 8000 words long, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).
 
Equipment you’ll need …
Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group. If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense.

About the tutor...
SJ Bradley is a writer from Leeds, UK, whose short fiction has been published widely in the US & UK, including in New Willesden Short Stories 7, and Litro magazine. She is the organiser behind Fictions of Every Kind and the Northern Short Story Festival. As an editor, she worked on the Remember Oluwale Writing Prize anthology, available now through Valley Press.

Dates: Six workshops are held over a 6 month period to enable you to complete writing assignments:
Thursday 2nd Feb 2017
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Thursday 6th April 2017
Thursday 4th May 2017
Thursday 1st June 2017
Thursday 6th July 2017

2 x £30 fee for single-parent writers, or writers in receipt of a means tested benefit, personal independence payments, or disability living allowance (please contact becky.harrison@commapress.co.uk for more information)