Fundamentals of the Short Story - Beginners

Looking to make a start as a writer of fiction but daunted by the idea of taking on a novel? Drawn to the special magic of the short story but unsure how to make it work for you? This course is for talented, committed writers in English who want to develop their first short story from idea to typescript in a supportive atmosphere of creative enquiry and peer-to-peer feedback...

Taught by: Barry Stewart Hunter.

Description

Looking to make a start as a writer of fiction but daunted by the idea of taking on a novel? Drawn to the special magic of the short story but unsure how to make it work for you? This course is for talented, committed writers in English who want to develop their first short story from idea to typescript in a supportive atmosphere of creative enquiry and peer-to-peer feedback.

Topics covered

Balancing practical exercises with analysis of key texts (classic and modern), the programme covers fiction fundamentals including narrative voice, point of view, dialogue, description and tense.

Using Maupassant and Chekhov as exemplars, it examines a range of short story types or models we can all adopt or learn from. It also explores the European and American short story traditions, asking 'where do stories come from and how can we find them?'

Designed as a workshop in which to develop your idea and progress your story within the group, the course includes writing and reading homework.

Having set your own targets for what you want to achieve in terms of words on the page, you'll leave equipped to finish or polish your story with new confidence and an understanding of what makes a short story great.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required. However, you should arrive with an idea, or the germ of an idea, for your story, plus a working title and a first sentence for the story in English.

You need to be an enthusiastic writer looking to enjoy the act of creative discovery – an open-minded participant who is happy to read and discuss your own work, and to contribute in the best interests of the group.

Please note that this course deals with fiction only, and is not aimed at those who want to write for children.

Level: Beginners



Tutor information

Barry Stewart Hunter is a novelist, short story writer and screenwriter. As well as featuring in literary magazines and reviews, his stories have been collected in anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He is a graduate in screenwriting of the National Film and Television School.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first lesson:

- First paragraph of your proposed story.
- Laptop or other device for writing and reading.

Details for booking

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