Online Short Story Course with K.M. Elkes

15 Jul 2021 - 6.30PM

Venue: Zoom (free video conferencing platform)

Time: 6:30-8:30pm 

Price: Full price places are £150, a limited number of bursary 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 on Thursday evenings, to enable you to complete writing assignments:

15th July

29th July

12th August

26th August

9th September

23rd September


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

Booking deadline: 1st July 2021.


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:

K.M. Elkes is the author of the short fiction collection All That Is Between Us (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019) which was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award in 2020. Individual short stories have won, or been placed, in international writing competitions including the Manchester Fiction Prize, Royal Society of Literature VS Pritchett Prize, Fish Publishing Prize and the Bridport Prize. He was longlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2019. His work has appeared in more than 40 literary anthologies and journals, and has featured on school curricula in the USA, India and Hong Kong. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University, where he won the Blackwell’s Prize. As a writer from a rural working-class background, his work often reflects marginalised voices and places. He is currently working on a novel.



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