Short Story Course with Adam Marek, London Free Word Centre

26 May 2016 - 7.00PM

Short story course with Comma author, Adam Marek

The Astor Room, Free Word Centre, London 

£240 for the full course


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).

The course will run across the following dates in 2016:

26th May
23rd June
28th July
25th August
29nd Sept*
27th Oct

 * please note: The 22 Sep course date was moved to the 29 Sep. For any queries regarding this please email:


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

Please note: When purchasing your ticket, the ticket date is listed as the first session (7:00pm on 26th May) but your ticket price of £240 covers all six sessions for the entire course.


Adam Marek is an award-winning short story writer. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His first story collection Instruction Manual for Swallowingwas nominated for the Frank O’Connor Prize. His stories have appeared in many magazines, including: Prospect and The Sunday Times Magazine, and in many anthologies including Lemistry, Litmus, The New Uncanny and Spindles from Comma Press, The New Hero from Stoneskin Press, and The Best British Short Stories 2011. His second story collection, The Stone Thrower, was published in summer 2012 by Comma. Stories taken from both collections were featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra. To subscribe to Adam’s blog, Twitter and Facebook updates, visit