Short Story Courses

 

About the courses

Our six-month courses specialise in the short story genre, and are delivered by a knowledgeable and esteemed writer in collaboration with ourselves. Over six workshops, you'll become familiar with short story narrative structures, and be able to apply them to your own work. Structured, peer-driven feedback and personalised tuition will contribute to your completion of three short stories.

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 upload your work, download others' submissions, and keep in contact. We've had plenty of positive feedback about our courses in the past.

“The course has been absolutely amazing and has improved my confidence”

“It's been brilliant! Excellent, excellent teaching”

“I have loved attending this course”

“Superb course”

“It inspired me"

We are always looking for new voices in short fiction, and it's hoped that our courses will unearth and develop contenders for one of our showcases of new writing. We've also recently started creating eBooks of stories from our courses, co-edited by a nominated individual from the group and the tutor. These can be bought online from Amazon, and are a great culmination of 6 months of creative development.

See below for details of our upcoming courses that you can sign up for!


Course Successes

We love to keep in touch with course alumni, and many of the writers we've seen over the years have gone onto great things in the short story scene. Lara Williams for example, who was on a course led by Anneliese Mackintosh in 2014, recently had her first short story collection published both in the UK and in North America. Treats (Freight Books) was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, and featured the stories that she had worked on in the course. And in 2017, we welcomed Lara back as a tutor on our Manchester course - full circle!

A recent success story is Gaynor Jones, who shortly after completing our Manchester short story course with Lara Williams, won the Mairtin Crawford Award 2018 for Short Story. She said of her victory on Twitter: "Now that I’ve calmed down a bit I really should credit @commapress and my tutor on their 2017 short story course @Lara_A_Williams for improving my writing massively. Amazing course if you can do it and they offer reduced price places".

Other successes include CS Mee, who enrolled on our course in Newcastle led by Avril Joy in 2017. CS Mee won the Galley Beggar Short Story Award in 2017/18 for her story 'Brothers', and is also included in our new writer anthology The Mirror in the Mirror (out July 2018). Read her winning story here. 


Upcoming Courses

Hull Short Story Course with Sue Wilsea
£180/£100
Last Thursday of the month (except for December) from 27th September 2018
6:30 - 8:30pm

Middlesbrough Short Story Course with Pauline Plummer
£180/£100
First Tuesday of the month from 4th September 2018
6.30-8.30pm

Leeds Short Story Course with SJ Bradley
£180/£100
Second Thursday of the month from 13th September
6.00-8.00pm

Course eBooks

William Faulkner's Typewriter: Short Stories by New Manchester Writers (Michelle Green's Manchester Course 2016)

How Do You Sleep?: Short Stories by New Sheffield Writers (Jude Brown's Sheffield Course 2016)

Threads: Short Stories by New Liverpool Writers (Sarah Schofield's Liverpool Course 2016)

Mismatched Metacarpi: Short Stories by New Nottingham Writers (Andy Hedgecock's Nottingham Course 2017)

In Transition: Short Stories by New Newcastle Writers (Avril Joy's Newcastle Course 2017)

The Upstairs Library: Short Stories by New Liverpool Writers (Michelle Green's Liverpool Course 2017)

Tyto Alba: Short Stories by New Leeds Writers (S J Bradley's Leeds Course 2017)

Me and The Universe Are Sorted: Short Stories by New Sheffield Writers (Michelle Green's Sheffield Course 2017)