Masterclass: Short Stories

Masterclass: Short Stories

The art and craft of the short story
  • Black and white photo of Vanessa Onwuemezi (Photo credit: Lewis Khan)
    Vanessa Onwuemezi
Date Friday May 19th 2023, 11:00 - 13:00 BST
Location Online

What is a short story? Can it really be pinned down to one entity, a set of rules? Many writers say that the short story form is the most difficult to master. You have to develop a world and character which grab the reader and hold onto them long after the story has ended. Mastering the short story requires a writer to look closely at the sentence, their choice of words and consider their placement, understanding that they are each a vital component of the whole. Nothing being wasted, the short story can concentrate all the power of a novel into a single scene, a moment, a memory.

A writer can take risks they might not be willing to take while writing a novel, and break through to new levels of craft by experimenting with the short story. The truth is that in writing there are no rules. Through short writing exercises designed to take you out of your comfort zone, tutor Vanessa Onwuemezi will help you to explore the new possibilities of the short story form, and rediscover yourself as a writer.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (11:00-13:00), so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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