Comma Press Online Short Story Course with SJ Bradley - SOLD OUT

11 Jun 2020 - 6.00PM

Venue: Zoom (free video conferencing platform)

Time: 6:00-8:00pm 

Price: Full price places are £110 + VAT (£132), bursary places (for low-income writers in receipt of means-tested benefits and single parent writers) are £55 + VAT (£66

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


Dates: Six workshops, held fortnightly, to enable you to complete writing assignments:

11th June 
25th June
9th July
23rd July
6th August
20th August

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


This course is about the short story …

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures and techniques used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work, including how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. You'll discuss exemplary short stories selected by the tutor, and discuss as a group, before being set tasks and prompts to encourage and inspire you to write between sessions.

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. 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. 

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:

SJ Bradley is a writer from Leeds. Her short fiction has appeared in various journals and anthologies including New Willesden Short Stories 7, Queen Mobs, Litro magazine, and Untitled Books. She runs the annual Northern Short Story Festival, and is an experience workshop facilitator having run, amongst other roles, the Leeds short story course for Comma over the past few years. Her first novel, Brick Mother, and her second novel, Guest, are both published by Dead Ink.


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