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.

See below for details of our upcoming courses that you can sign up for!


Upcoming Courses

Birmingham Short Story Course with C.D. Rose

The Custard Factory

1st February 2018 - 5th July 2018

Tutor: C.D. Rose’s stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines, been featured on Radio 4 and listed for prizes.  His books include The Neva StarThe Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure and Who’s Who When Everyone’s Someone Else: Ten Lectures on Great Lost Books (forthcoming, April 2018).

He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and a PhD in the short story from Edge Hill University.  He is currently Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. 

More information here.


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 Book 3) featuring Michelle Green's 2016 Short Story Course participants from Manchester

In Transition: Short Stories by New Newcastle Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 4) featuring Avril Joy's 2017 Short Story Course participants from Newcastle

Tyto Alba: Short Stories by New Leeds Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 5) featuring S J Bradley's 2017 Short Story Course participants from Leeds

The Upstairs Library: Short Stories by New Liverpool Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 6) featuring Michelle Green's 2017 Short Story Course participants from Manchester