Short Story Course with Emily Devane, Sheffield

4 Jun 2019 - 6.30PM

Location: Showroom Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Price: £180 for the full course (please contact for more information) 
Bursary places are SOLD OUT

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

Dates: Six workshops are held over a 6 month period, on the first Tuesday of the month, to enable you to complete writing assignments:

4th June

2nd July

6th August

3rd September

1st October

5th November

Tickets can be purchased from Becca Parkinson, to register your place please contact her on


This course is about the short story …

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop 3 short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, and how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and our courses have a strong history of producing prize-winning short story talent. 

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 …

Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group. If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense.

About the Tutor …

Emily Devane is an award-winning writer and teacher. Her short fiction has been widely published online and in print anthologies and journals, including The Lonely Crowd, The Nottingham Review, Bath Short Story Award and Ellipsis. Her essays and short story reviews have appeared in Thresholds and Short Fiction In Theory & Practice. In 2017, she won the Bath Flash Fiction Award with her micro 'The Hand That Wields The Priest', and was a runner up in the TSS400 Competition with 'Maria Belfiore's Shoes'. She was selected as a Finalist for Best Small Fictions and is a Pushcart Prize and Best Of The Net nominee. Emily was mentored by Ailsa Cox, founder of The Edge Hill Prize, as part of her Word Factory apprenticeship. In 2017, she won a Northern Writers' Award for her short story collection.

Emily is an experienced teacher, and has led writing workshops as part of Word Factory's Citizen: The New Story Festival, the Workers of the World Unite Festival at Waterstones, Piccadilly, and the Forgotten Women flash fiction workshop at Tara Arts Theatre. She regularly performs her work, most recently at Fictions of Every Kind, Leeds, and Verbose, Manchester. She also collaborated on a performance piece, The Food Of Love, at Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe, which was subsequently adapted for Chapel FM. Emily has a wealth of experience as a writing competition judge. She is a founding editor at FlashBack Fiction, an online journal dedicated to historical fiction of up to 500 words. She is currently working on a novel.