Short Story Course with Adam Marek, London Free Word Centre 2017

6 Jul 2017 - 7.00PM - 0.00

Comma Short Story Course with Adam Marek, at the Freeword Centre, London


This course is about the short story.

The best stories linger long in the reader’s mind. So how can you achieve that in just a few pages? Short stories offer the writer huge creative freedoms, but they also teach great discipline and precision.

Together in a series of six workshops, we’ll explore the fundamentals of great story writing, including: generating ideas, plotting vs making it up as you go along, writing convincing characters, creating conflict, starting and ending a story, and editing your work. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, by the end of the workshops you’ll be writing stories that will hook your readers from the opening line.

Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction is always on the look-out for emerging short story writers, especially for their New Writer showcases.

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 to do some background reading, and undertake writing tasks in and between the sessions.

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 Adam Marek.

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 1,500 and 8,000 words long).



Location: FREE WORD CENTRE, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

Times: 7-9pm

Price: £240 for the full course, £180 concession places for people in receipt of a means tested benefit, students, or single parent writers (limited availability)

(attendees must pay for full course- individual course units not available separately).

Dates: Six workshops are held over a 6 month period to enable you to complete writing assignments:

Thursday 6th July

Thursday 17th August

Thursday 7th September

Thursday 5th October

Thursday 9th November 

Thursday 7th December


About the Tutor

Adam Marek is the award-winning author of two short story collections: The Stone Thrower and Instruction Manual for Swallowing. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His stories have appeared on BBC Radio 4, and in many magazines and anthologies, including The Penguin Book of the British Short Story. He teaches creative writing regularly for the Arvon Foundation, WordFactory, Comma Press and the creative writing group at Google London. Visit Adam online at