Short Fiction Course: Writing the Urban Weird with SJ Bradley

Price: 200.00

Discount Price: 150.00

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30 July 2024


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Short Fiction: Writing the Urban Weird
A 6-week course exploring the urban weird fiction genre.


Introduction to Urban Weird: We will discuss the urban weird genre and storytelling, analyzing works by M. John Harrison, Joel Lane, Irenosen Okojie.

Creating Outsider Fiction: Using setting, character, and viewpoint to craft outsider stories in the weird fiction style.

Exploring The Urban Weird: Students will read urban weird stories and generate their own ideas/outlines.

Developing Your Fiction Craft: Honing skills in plot, tension, and description using prompts and exercises.

Editing and Critiquing: Students will edit their draft stories and critique each other's work.

A fun, supportive environment to share your final urban weird short stories. The course will end in ebook publication of your best story with Comma Press.
Taught by an experienced fiction tutor with great feedback, this course helps you master the urban weird genre. All levels welcome!


Dates and Times:


Tuesday   July 30
Tuesday  Aug 13 and 27
Tuesday  September 10 and 24
Tuesday October 8


For bursaries (£150) or full price tickets without booking fees email


Comma Press is not-for-profit publisher and development agency specialising in short fiction from the UK and beyond.

SJ Bradley is a writer from Wakefield. Her short story collection 'Maps of Imaginary Towns' will be published in September 2024 (Fly on the Wall Press). Her short fiction has appeared in various journals and anthologies including Conradology and Resist! Stories of Uprising from Comma Press, New Willesden Short Stories 7, Queen Mobs, Litro magazine, and Untitled Books. Her first novel, Brick Mother, and her second novel, Guest, are both published by Dead Ink. She is the editor of the Saboteur Award-winning anthology Remembering Oluwale, which is available from Valley Press. Her work as an arts organiser involves the non-profit literary social Fictions of Every Kind (which ran for 10 years), The Northern Short Story Festival and the Walter Swan Short Story Prize. She is also a teacher of creative writing including short story writing courses for Comma Press and First Story in Leeds and Bradford. She's on Twitter at @bradleybooks.