Our short fiction course is for anyone who has a story to tell but isn’t quite sure what that story might be or how to express it! Over six weeks, experienced tutor and published writer Dr Claire Griffiths will help you uncover the short story hiding inside of you and give you the tools to start transferring it from your imagination to the page. Along the way, you’ll encounter fiction by a diverse range of writers, undertake enjoyable writing challenges, engage with a supportive writing community, and learn the essentials of great story-making.
What makes this course unique is its inspiring bookshop setting and small group size (max. 8 people).
By the end you will have:
- Produced a worked-through and redrafted 500-word short story.
- Developed your knowledge of the fundamentals of good storytelling.
- Built your own writer’s toolbox – essential skills to enhance your future writing.
- Learned to read more attentively, to discern how writers do what they do.
- Increased your observational skills, enabling you to pick up on ‘storyable moments’.
- Developed the confidence and ability to turn develop these moments into stories.
Each week we will focus on a different element of writing fiction:
- What makes a good story?
- Creating memorable characters
- The point of point of view
- Show don’t tell?
- Writing dialogue
- ‘Failing better’: redrafting.
To get inside these ideas, we'll read stories by great writers including Sally Rooney, John Steinbeck, Annie Proulx, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ernest Hemingway, Angela Carter, James Baldwin and Jean Rhys. You will be led through a series of useful writing exercises, and have the opportunity to share your ideas with the class and receive feedback from the tutor. The course will run from 7 - 9pm on Monday evenings from October 14th to November 18th, and will culminate with a celebratory reading event held at Ink@84 on Friday 22 November at 7pm where brave volunteers will read their work aloud to family, friends and interested passers-by! Cost for 7 sessions is £200. Maximum number of 8.
Autumn 2019 Workshop: Short Fiction Mon 7-9pm Oct 14th - Nov22nd
Claire is a hugely enthusiastic teacher of creative writing. In 2017, she was made Subject Leader in Creative Writing at the University for the Creative Arts, prior to which she spent five years teaching on the University of East Anglia’s renowned creative writing programme. She has been running short courses in creative writing since 2016, and really enjoys working with adult learners. Claire has had short stories published in several major publications, and has been shortlisted for and won awards including the Bristol Short Story Prize and the Bath Short Story Award. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and her novel Lagermuseum is currently in preparation for publication.
PRAISE FOR CLAIRE'S COURSE FROM PREVIOUS WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS:
'I thought the course had just the right balance of content, discussion, homework and teaching. It was a joy to do!' Jonty
'The sessions were always very lively and enjoyable. I looked forward to each one...the group's atmosphere was always harmonious and everyone seemed to feel free to discuss and disagree in a friendly way.' Rachel
'It was well prepared, well thought out and well constructed. The selection of readings was helpful and relevant. You were a very good tutor, lots of encouragement but no flannel.' Emma
'Workshopping each others' material was a particular highlight. Also your warmth -- I was nervous and you put us all at ease.' Abi
'Overall I had an excellent time and I looked forward to each week -- both for the material and the discussions...it always felt as if we were in safe hands.' Katie