Short Story Course with Sue Wilsea, Hull

27 Sep 2018 - 6.30PM - 9.99

Location: ArtLink Events Space, 87 Princes Avenue, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU5 3QP (View map and parking info here).

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Price: £180 for the full course and 2 x £100 bursary places (NOW SOLD OUT) 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 last Thursday of the month, to enable you to complete writing assignments:

Thursday 27th September
Thursday 25th October
Thursday 29th November
Thursday 13th December
Thursday 31st January
Thursday 28th February 

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 …


Sue Wilsea’s work is with words, whether that’s writing, performing or teaching. Her fiction and poetry has been widely published and broadcast with her first collection of short stories, Staying Afloat, being published by Valley Press in 2012 and her second Raw Material in November 2016. The latter was long listed for the Edge Hill prize last year. In 2014 she gained an MA ( Distinction ) in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. As a freelance Arts practitioner Sue currently delivers Creative Writing classes across the region and currently is Writer in Residence at Sirius West Academy for First Story as well as undertaking a wide range of writing / literature based projects. She has four grown-up children, lives with her husband in North Lincolnshire and buys too many books and earrings.