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!


Upcoming Courses

Bristol Short Story Course with K.M. Elkes
£180/£100
First Wednesday of the month from 6th June 2018
6:30 - 8:30pm

Hull Short Story Course with Sue Wilsea
£180/£100
Last Thursday  of the month from 31st May 2018
6:30 - 8:30pm

Course Alumni Success

We love to keep in touch with the writers who take part in our courses, and a number of them have gone on to have great success with short stories.
Two examples include Lara Williams, who took our Manchester course with tutor Anneliese Mackintosh a few years ago. Since then has had her collection Treats published in both the UK (Freight Books) and the USA, and she also returned to teach a course for us in Manchester in 2017. And C.S. Mee, who took our Newcastle Course in 2017 with tutor Avril Joy, won the 2017/2018 Galley Beggar Prize for Short Fiction with her story 'Brothers', and is one of the included writers in our collection The Mirror in the Mirror.


Past course eBooks

Each anthology only 99p!

How Do You Sleep?: Short Stories by New Sheffield Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 1) featuring Jude Brown's 2016 Short Story Course participants from Sheffield

Threads: Short Stories by New Liverpool Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 2) featuring Sarah Schofield's 2016 Short Story Course participants form Liverpool

William Faulkner's Typewriter: Short Stories by New Manchester Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 3) featuring Michelle Green's 2016 Short Story Course participants from Manchester

In Transition: Short Stories by New Newcastle Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 4) featuring Avril Joy's 2017 Short Story Course participants from Newcastle

Tyto Alba: Short Stories by New Leeds Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 5) featuring S J Bradley's 2017 Short Story Course participants from Leeds

The Upstairs Library: Short Stories by New Liverpool Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 6) featuring Michelle Green's 2017 Short Story Course participants from Manchester

Mismatched Metacarpi: Short Stories by New Nottingham Writers (Comma Short Story Course Book 7) featuring Andy Hedgecock's 2017 SF, Fantasy & New Weird Short Story Course participants from Nottingham