A miracle in a matchbox
Igniting the spark
Monday September 21st - Saturday September 26th 2020
On this course, you will explore the strategies and techniques short story writers often use to bring a story to life. How do we as writers find that life-giving spark? What are the dynamics that sustain the tension and the power of a short story, page by page? Why do stories sometimes seem to fizzle out? What elements create the unique ‘charge’ of a good story? We will explore openings and conclusions; the art of revelation and compression; and the crafting of voice, dialogue and imagery. We will learn together from published stories, and experiment with new approaches and ideas. You will work with two experienced short story writers who love the form, both its possibilities and its challenges.
Single room price: £815
Tom Lee is the author of a collection of short stories, Greenfly, and a novel, The Alarming…
Alison MacLeod is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and academic. Her most recent short story collection, All the Beloved…
Chris Power’s short story collection Mothers was published in 2018. His fiction has appeared in Granta,…
Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.
Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.
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.
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.
Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.
The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.