Short Story Course with KM Elkes, Bristol

2 Oct 2019 - 6.30PM

Location: The GreenHouse Meeting Room, Hereford St, Bristol BS3 4NA 

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Price: £180 for the full course + 2 x £100 fee for single-parent writers, or writers in receipt of a means tested benefit, personal independence payments, or disability living allowance (please contact becky.harrison@commapress.co.uk for more information)

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 Wednesday of the month (except January), to enable you to complete writing assignments:

2nd October 2019

6th November

4th December

8th January 2020

5th February

4th March

Tickets can be purchased from Becky Harrison, to register your place please contact her on becky.harrison@commapress.co.uk

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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 publisher 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 …

KM Elkes is an award-winning author based in Bristol, UK. He has won or been placed in a number of literary competitions in the UK, Ireland and North America including the Bridport Prize, The Fish Publishing Prize, Short Fiction Journal Prize, PinDrop Prize, Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, the Prolitzer Prize and the Labello Press International Award. His work has appeared in more than 20 anthologies as well as prominent literary magazines such as Structo, Litro, Brittle Star, Unthology and the Lonely Crowd. His short fiction features on school curricula in the USA, India and Hong Kong and he has taught both fiction and non-fiction writing workshops and lectured on short fiction at Bath Spa University. He is currently the Co-Editor of the A3 Review Magazine. He was shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2018. His flash fiction collection All That is Between Us will be published in 2019. He is currently working on a short story collection.