Online Short Story Course with Michelle Green - SOLD OUT

21 Jan 2021 - 7.00PM

Venue: Zoom (free video conferencing platform)

Time: 7:00-9:00pm 

Price: Full price places are £150, bursary places (for single-parent and low income authors) are £75.

SOLD OUT! Enquire to be added to waitlist. 

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

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

21st January 2021
4th February
18th February
4th March
18th March
1st April

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

Booking deadline: 14th January 2021

Please note: if our booking quota is not reached by this date the course will be postponed.


This course is about the short story …

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll explore both technical and aesthetic elements of short story writing, learning how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, narrative voice and plot of your stories, as well as turning things like risk and fear, for example, into practical tools for creating powerful fiction. You'll discuss exemplary short stories selected by the tutor, 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 publishers 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 and Slack to share and discuss work between classes. Both are easy to use and available for free.

About the Tutor:

Michelle Green works with writers of all experience levels in short fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. They recently edited the forthcoming TransBareAll anthology of new writing and art by trans and non-binary artists, as well as Indivisible, forthcoming from Crocus Books. Michelle is also an acclaimed writer and artist; their collection of short stories, Jebel Marra (Comma Press, 2015), was nominated for a number of national and international awards, and they are currently working on a digital audio map of short stories. More at


Feedback from Michelle's previous course:


[my approach to drafting and editing] now feels underpinned with a methodology – rather than a feeling of being overwhelmed.



I would like to stress the quality of the facilitation. Engaging and inspiring. Amazing work.    



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