Short Story 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 culmintation of 6 months of creative development.

eBooks put together so far include:

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

Both the Sheffield and Liverpool courses will be running again - with Sheffield retaining Jude Brown, and Liverpool welcoming Michelle Green as tutors - and details of these courses can be found below, along with any of our other upcoming courses:

Short Story Course with Jude Brown, Sheffield

STARTING JANUARY 2017

Location: Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS

Times: 7-9pm

Price: £180 for the full course (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 9th February 2017
Thursday 9th March 2017
Thursday 13th April 2017
Thursday 11th May 2017
Thursday 8th June 2017
Thursday 6th July

*The workshop dates have been pushed back by one month due to unforeseen circumstances. Above dates are correct.

BOOK HERE

About the Tutor



Jude Brown is a Sheffield based short story writer. Her work has won numerous awards including the Raymond Williams Community Publishing Award, the Fish Microfiction Prize and in 2013 she won a New Writing North Award. Her short stories have been published in a range of anthologies and magazines, and she was shortlisted for Bridport Short Story Prize. She is currently working on her first novel. 


Short Story Course with S J Bradley, Leeds

STARTING FEBRUARY 2017

Location: Carriageworks, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD

Times: 5.30 - 7.30pm

Price: £180 for the full course + 2 x £30 fee for low income writers (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 2nd Feb 2017
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Thursday 6th April 2017
Thursday 4th May 2017
Thursday 1st June 2017
Thursday 6th July 2017

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About the Tutor



SJ Bradley is a writer from Leeds, UK, whose short fiction has been published widely in the US & UK, including in New Willesden Short Stories 7, and Litro magazine. She is the organiser behind Fictions of Every Kind and the Northern Short Story Festival. As an editor, she worked on the Remember Oluwale Writing Prize anthology, available now through Valley Press. 

Short Story Course with Avril Joy, Newcastle SOLD OUT

STARTING JANUARY 2017

Location: Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

Times: 6-8pm

Price: £180 for the full course (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:

Tuesday 17th January 2017
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Tuesday 21st March 2017
Tuesday 18th April 2017
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Tuesday 20th June 2017

Tutor: Avril Joy

About the Tutor



Avril Joy is a Durham based short story writer and novelist. Her short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies, including Victoria Hislop's The Story: Love, Loss & the Lives of Women: 100 Great Short Stories. Her work has been shortlisted in competitions including the Bridport, the Manchester Prize for Fiction and The Raymond Carver Short Story Prize in the USA. In 2012 she won the inaugural Costa Short Story Award. Her short story collection Millie and Bird and Tales of Paradise is published by Iron Press. Her latest novel is Sometimes a River Song, published by Linen Press in April 2016. She blogs regularly about writing and life at www.avriljoy.com



Short Story Course with Michelle Green, Liverpool

STARTING JANUARY

Location: Bluecoat, Liverpool ONE, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

Times: 7-9pm

Price: £150 for the full course (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:

The course dates will be:
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Wednesday 8th February 2017
Wednesday 8th March 2017
Wednesday 12th April
Wednesday 17th May
Wednesday 14th June

BOOK HERE

About the Tutor

Michelle Green is an acclaimed poet-turned-short story writer, and a well-loved figure on the Manchester spoken word scene. In 2005 she won the North West Regional Poetry Slam, and has since performed across the UK, both solo and in collaboration with musicians and visual artists, at festivals such as the Big Chill, as well as on BBC Radio 4. She has published her poems and short stories in numerous magazines and anthologies (including Bitch Lit and City Secrets), and her first collection of poetry -Knee High Affairs - was published by Crocus in 2006. Jebel Marra is her first collection of fiction and is based on her own experience as an aid worker in Darfur. Jebel Marra was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2015 and was recently longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2016.


Short Story Course (SF, Fantasy & New Weird) with Andrew Hedgecock, Nottingham

STARTING SEPTEMBER

Location: Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

Times: 7-9pm

Price: £180 for the full course (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:

8th September 2016
13th October 2016
10th November 2016
8th December 2016
12th January 2017
9th February 2017

BOOK HERE.

About the Tutor

Andy Hedgecock is a Nottinghamshire-based editor, writer, researcher and trainer.  He had been selling articles and reviews for over 30 years when Comma Press challenged him to turn his hand to fiction.  Andy has written for Time Out, Penguin City Guides, The Oxford Companion to English Literature, The Third Alternative, The Breaking Windows Anthology, The Morning Star, The Spectator, Short Fiction in Theory and Practice and the academic SF review Foundation. From 2006-2016 he was co-editor (fiction) of Interzone, Britain’s longest-running British sf magazine and 2013 winner of the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Magazine / Periodical.  He also worked with the writers Claire Massey and Carys Bray to set up and edit Paraxis, an online publication the prolific and respect sf&f author Michael Moorcock described as an endeavour to “return the human imagination to the apex of the arts”. 


For any other queries, email: becky.harrison@commapress.co.uk