SHORT STORY

A miracle in a matchbox

Monday June 22nd - Saturday June 27th 2020

The Hurst

Short stories offer huge freedom for creative play and experimentation, but they require great discipline and precision to make an emotional impact on the reader. Together we’ll explore the essential skills of great story writing, including: how to come up with original ideas; how to develop arresting core images; plots that grab a reader and don’t let go; creating conflict and characters with depth; editing; and engineering powerful endings. We’ll lift the lid on examples of classic and contemporary short stories to explore the machinery that drives them. And through oneto- one tutorials, we’ll discuss practical solutions to take your writing to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, a fantastical absurdist or a gritty realist, you’ll soon be writing stories that will linger long in your readers’ minds.

Single room price: £850

 

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The Hurst front

The Hurst

The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, were the former home of playwright John Osborne.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank

Tuesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst

Wednesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.

Course participant writing on a sofa in the barn at Lumb Bank

Thursday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.

A woman smiling and listening to a writing tutor speak at Lumb Bank

Friday

Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.

Course participants eating at The Hurst

Saturday

The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

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