Short Story Courses


About the courses

Our six-month courses specialise in the short story genre, and are delivered by a knowledgeable and esteemed writer in collaboration with ourselves. Over six workshops, you'll become familiar with short story narrative structures, and be able to apply them to your own work. Structured, peer-driven feedback and personalised tuition will contribute to your completion of three short stories.

We make our courses as accessible as possible: they span the UK and take place routinely throughout the year; you don't actually need any previous experience - just enthusiasm for short story writing; and you only need a pen, paper, laptop/computer, and internet access in order to upload your work, download others' submissions, and keep in contact. We've had plenty of positive feedback about our courses in the past.

“The course has been absolutely amazing and has improved my confidence”

“It's been brilliant! Excellent, excellent teaching”

“I have loved attending this course”

“Superb course”

“It inspired me"

We are always looking for new voices in short fiction, and it's hoped that our courses will unearth and develop contenders for one of our showcases of new writing. We've also recently started creating eBooks of stories from our courses, co-edited by a nominated individual from the group and the tutor. These can be bought online from Amazon, and are a great culmination of 6 months of creative development.

We currently have courses taking places in Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle. See below for details of our upcoming courses that you can sign up for!

Past course eBooks

How Do You Sleep?: Short Stories by New Sheffield Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 1) featuring Jude Brown's 2016 Short Story Course participants from Sheffield

Threads: Short Stories by New Liverpool Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 2) featuring Sarah Schofield's 2016 Short Story Course participants form Liverpool

William Faulkner's Typewriter: Short Stories by New Manchester Writers (Comma Short Story Course Nook 3) featuring Michelle Green's 2016 Short Story Course participants from Manchester

Upcoming Courses

Short Story Course with Lara Williams, Manchester


Location: Hope Mill, 113 Pollard Street, Manchester, M4 7JA

Times: 6.30-8.30pm

Price: £180 for the full course, plus 2 x £100 bursary places for writers on a mean-tested benefit or who are single parents. 

(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 3rd August

Thursday 7th September

Thursday 5th October

Thursday 2nd November 

Thursday 7th December

Booking: Contact to book your place.

About the Tutor

Lara Williams is a writer based in Manchester. Her debut short story collection Treats was published by Freight Books in 2016; and has been shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Edinburgh First Book Award and the Saboteur Award, and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. A story from the collection has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and another will appear in the Best British Short Stories 2017 anthology. She has also written journalism and criticism for The Guardian, The Independent, the Times Literary Supplement, Vice and many more. She is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing and Journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is currently working on a novel and full-length piece of creative non-fiction.

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Short Story Course with Adam Marek, London

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

Booking: HERE

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

Booking will be through the Free Word website, available shortly.

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