Short Story Writing with Mahsuda Snaith

Leicester 6 session course

Price: 180.00

Discount Price: 100.00

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12 July 2023

Online on Zoom

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About the event

Want to work on your story craft and get published this year? The short story course is designed to help participants unleash their creativity and generate new pieces of fiction. The focus will be on short and very short stories, providing inspiration and guidance through a combination of writing exercises and readings of a variety of short stories, chosen and brought to share by the instructor. The course promises to be an exciting and enlightening journey into the world of short fiction.

About the course

Over 6 sessions, a session taking place every 3 weeks , we'll explore not what a short story "should" be but everything it could be, giving you permission to find out what "short story" means to you. Together we'll read and discuss a dazzling, surprising and varied reading list of short and very short stories of all shapes, styles, genres and forms, using these as inspiration for writing exercises that encourage you to be playful and warm up your writing muscle, so you can write the short and very short stories you want to write in the way only you can write them!

At the end of the course everyone will produce a final short story which will be published in a comma press ebook.

Mahsuda Snaith is winner of the SI Leeds Literary Prize and Bristol Short Story Prize. Her debut novel ‘The Things We Thought We Knew’ was chosen as a World Book Night Book and her second novel ‘How to Find Home’ was read on BBC Radio 4. She is a commissioned writer for Colonial Countryside and her short story The Panther's Tale is included in Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold. Find out more at

PLEASE NOTE Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high-quality experience.


£180.00 per ticket (+Booking Fees - or email Isabelle below to be invoiced direct) which covers 6x sessions over 6 months including detailed feedback and end of course publication in a short story e-book anthology.

Feel free to email to be invoiced directly also!

7-9pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 12th July 7-9PM

Wednesday 2nd August 7-9PM

Wednesday 23rd August 7-9PM

Wednesday 13th September 7-9pm

Wednesday 4th October 7-9pm

Wednesday 25th October 7-9pm

Considering signing up?

We make our courses as accessible as possible: they span the UK and take place routinely throughout the year; you don't actually need any previous experience - just enthusiasm for short story writing; and you only need a pen, paper, laptop/computer, and internet access in order to take part and keep in contact.

What our graduates say

Past participants on our Short Story Courses have gone on to be published by the likes of Penguin, Canongate Books, The Best of British Fantasy, Granta, and Ambit Magazine, have work reviewed in the The Guardian, The Irish Times, Lit Hub, Sunday Express and Metro and recognised by awards such as the The Brighton Prize 2018 (Highly Commended), Republic of Consciousness Prize (Shortlisted), TS BIFFY Micro Fiction (Winner), National Association of Writing Groups Short Story Competition (Winner), Northern Soul Northern Writer of the Year Award 2018 (Winner), The Brighton Prize 2018 (Highly Commended), Galley Beggar Short Story Award in 2017/18 (Winner), and the London Independent Story Prize in the Best Film Idea Category (Winner).

"As an aspiring writer, I can’t recommend Comma Press’ Short Story Courses enough: ongoing support from top-class published authors writing today, development of close-reading skills and of course that all important trait – rapid improvement of your writing skills. All this and more, as well as the opportunity to meet the next generation of up and coming talent." – Past Participant