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Comma Press Short Story Writing Course with Sarah Schofield

  • Wed, 06 Jan 2016 - Wed, 01 Jun 2016
  • 7.00 PM - 9.00 PM
  • Tickets: Sold out

This course is now sold out. For further information regarding Comma Press and their workshops please visit www.commapress.co.uk

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 hoping that this course will unearth and develop contenders for this showcase.

 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 Sarah Schofield.

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.

 Cost & Times

£150 for 6 evening course over a 6 month period. The course takes place on the first Wednesday of the month starting January 6th 2016. 

 About the Tutor

Sarah on the Comma Press website Sarah’s Blog
Sarah Schofield Biography: 
Sarah Schofield's stories have been published in LemistryBio-PunkThought X, Beta Life and Spindles (all Comma Press) Spilling Ink Flash Fiction AnthologyBack and Beyond Arts Publication, Litfest’s The Language of Footprints, Synaesthesia Magazine, Woman’s Weekly and others. She has been shortlisted on the Bridport and the Guardian Travel Writing Competition and won the Orange New Voices Prize, Writer’s Inc and The Calderdale Fiction Prize. An excerpt from her story ‘The Bactogarden’ recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book. 

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