Online Short Story Course with Désirée Reynolds

13 May 2021 - 6.30PM

Venue: Zoom (free video conferencing platform)

Time: 6:30-8:30pm 

Price: Full price places are £150, a limited number obursary places for single-parent and low-income, and Greater-Manchester based writers are £75. 

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

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

13th May
28th May
10th June
24th June
8th July
22nd July

Tickets can be purchased directly from Comma Press, email info@commapress.co.uk for details. 

Booking deadline: 30th April 2020.

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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, as well as being set tasks and prompts to encourage and inspire you to write between sessions. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publisher of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and it’s hoped that this course will unearth and develop contenders for one of their showcases of new writers.

What you need to be familiar with …

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised 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 tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work. 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, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).

Equipment you’ll need …

A computer and internet access at home. We will be using Zoom for the classes which is easy to use and available for free.

About the Tutor:

Désirée Reynolds is an author. She was brought up in Clapham, London to Jamaican parents. Désirée is a broadcaster, creative writing workshop facilitator, DJ and mentor. She has had several short stories published in various publications, including The Book of Sheffield (Comma Press, 2019), A Generation Defining ItselfHair: A Journey into the Afro and Asian Experience,  Moss Side StoriesThe Suitcase Book of Love Poems  and Tangled Roots and  Closure: Contempory Black British Stories, published by Peepal Tree Press, 2015, and has a story forthcoming in Test Signal (Dead Ink, 2021). She is currently working on a collection of short stories. Her first novel, Seduce, was published in 2013 to much acclaim from Peepal Tree Press.

She continues to work as journalist, writing book and film reviews, workshop facilitator, broadcaster and editor. Her latest work is as editor of the anthology Writing As Resistance, University Of Sheffield, 2018. 

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