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The Short Story

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” - Lorrie Moore 

Write the love affair and take your photographs with words, learn to create your narratives in the short story form.  This 8-week course will explore a number of different short stories through group discussions. In a nurturing and friendly environment, we will identify the ingredients of a short story, investigate what makes a successful short story, and plan and develop our own ideas for our short narratives. 

London based poet and creative writing tutor, Agnieszka Studzinska has an MA in creative Writing from the UEA, and is currently working towards her PhD at Royal Holloway. Her debut collection, Snow Calling was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award in 2010.  Her second collection, What Things Are is published by Eyewear Publishing. She has had poems published in various anthologies and is currently working on her third collection called, The Branches of a House. 

Dates and Times

The course will run from 10am – 12.30pm on:

  • Thursday 27th September 2018
  • Thursday 4th  October 2018
  • Thursday 11th October 2018
  • Thursday 18th October 2018
  • Thursday 25th October 2018
  • Thursday 1st November 2018
  • Thursday 8th November 2018
  • Thursday 15th November 2018 

Price

The full cost of this 8 week course is £155

Content 

Week 1 & 2: Getting a Grip with the Genre – What are the essential building blocks for the short story? We read and discuss the tricks, secrets and insights into short fiction.

Week 3 & 4: Short Story or Flash Fiction? What is the difference between a Short Story and Flash Fiction or Very Short Fiction? We will explore the different forms and generate writing through a series of writing exercises.

Week 5: Beginnings and Endings: Hooks, Twists, Surprises, Ambiguities. We will explore examples of different beginnings and endings of a short story.

Week 6 & 7: Writing from Photographs: Creating characters and settings. 

Week 8: A Critic of One’s Own- Extended critical feedback session.

Requirements 

There are no requirements to enrol on this course apart from a love of the written word.

Award

Upon completion of this course students are issued a St Mary's University Certificate of Attendance as well as a portfolio of creative writing.