Online Short Story Course with Guy Ware (SOLD OUT)

19 Nov 2020 - 6.00PM

Venue: Zoom (free video conferencing platform)

Time: 6:00-8:00pm 

Price: Full price places are £125 + VAT (£150), bursary places (£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:

November 19th 2020
December 3rd
December 17th
January 14th 2021
January 28th
February 11th

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

Booking deadline: 7th November 2020.


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 and Slack to share and discuss work between classes. Both are easy to use and available for free.

About the Tutor:

Guy Ware is the author more than thirty short stories, including the collection, You Have 24 Hours to Love Us (Comma, 2012), and three novels. He won the London Short Story Prize 2018 and was longlisted for the Galley Beggars Story Prize 2019. His latest book, The Faculty of Indifference was published in September 2019. Guy lives with his family in South London.


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