Comma Press Online Sci-Fi Short Story Course with Andy Hedgecock

12 Aug 2020 - 6.30PM

Venue: Zoom (free video conferencing platform)

Time: 6:30-8:30pm 

Price: Full price places are £120 + VAT (£144), bursary places (for low-income writers in receipt of means-tested benefits and single parent writers) are £60 + VAT (£72

Attendees must pay for full course - individual course units not available separately.

Dates: Six workshops, held fortnightly (on Wednesday evenings), to enable you to complete writing assignments:

12th August
26th August
15th September
23rd September
7th October
21st October

Tickets can be purchased directly from Comma Press, email for details. 


This course is about the short story AND the science-fiction genre …

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures and techniques used by short story writers in the science-fiction genre, and implement them in your own work, including how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. You will receive peer feedback alongside detailed feedback from the tutor. Every session you will be encouraged you to write something. 

What you need to be familiar with …

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, or 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 do some background reading, undertake writing between sessions, and contribute your opinions and insight during the group discussions. 

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 1500 and 8000 words long).

Equipment you’ll need …

A computer and internet access at home, and a Zoom account (free). 

About the Tutor:

Andy Hedgecock is a freelance writer. His earliest reviews, essays and interviews were published in the anarchist press in the 1980s. Since then he has written for publications such as The Spectator, Time Out, Penguin City Guides, The Oxford Companion to English Literature. The Third Alternative, The Breaking Windows Anthology, Foundation and Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. Andy has been a member of the editorial collective of Interzone, Britain’s longest-running British sf magazine, since 2006 and writes the magazine’s regular ‘Future Interrupted’ column. He is a regular contributor to Black Static, the award-winning dark fantasy magazine, and The Morning Star, for which he edits a flash fiction feature.


For previous course feedback, testimonials and cancellation policy, click here.