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Beginners Intensive Writing (Weekend)

Beginners Intensive Writing (Weekend)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Joanna Pocock


This course will look at the elements that make up short fiction from prose poems and vignettes to flash fiction and short stories. We will look at examples from the best writers in the genre (Lydia Davis, Dave Eggers, Susana Medina, Denis Johnson, Shirley Jackson, Sherman Alexie and others). We will read, write, and workshop stories in progress, and by the end of the two days students will have a piece of writing they are proud of that. We will discuss getting work out into the world through competitions and in small literary magazines.  

Who should take this course?

The course is aimed at beginners or those who have done a small amount of writing. 

Entry requirements

A good grasp of spoken and written English is essential.

Read more about this course on the CSM Short Course blog!

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Joanna Pocock graduated with distinction from the Masters in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications in the US and the UK, such as The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, Orion Magazine, Dark Mountain, The Times Literary Supplement, the New Statesman, Dazed & Confused, and 3:AM, among others. She has taught Genre Fiction at Bath Spa University and Life Writing at the University of Roehampton, where some of her students have gone on to win substantial literary awards. In 2018 she won the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize. Her book-length essay ‘Surrender’ was published in May 2019 by Fitzcarraldo Editions. House of Anansi published 'Surrender' in Canada in 2019 and it will be appearing in the US in April 2020. 'Surrender' is currently being translated into French, Spanish and Italian and has been included on University syllabuses. Joanna has lived in Canada, the United States and Britain and brings a global perspective to her writing and teaching.


Please bring to the session:
  • Paper/ notebook
  • Pens
  • Any dazzling examples of flash fiction you would like to share
  • A book you love.

Available dates

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