Writing Short Stories

Mon 23 July 2018 - Sat 28 July 2018
Tutors / Cynan Jones. & Tyler Keevil
Guest Reader / A.L. Kennedy
Course Fee / From £495 - £625 per person
Genres / Creative WritingFictionShort Stories
Language / English

The best short stories are ones that, once finished, linger long in the reader’s mind. How can you achieve that in just a few pages? Short stories offer the writer huge creative freedoms but also require discipline and precision. Less can mean more. Together we’ll explore the fundamentals of great story writing: finding ideas, plotting, narrative structure, three-dimensional characters, how to edit and how to end. For inspiration, we’ll look at the work of great short story writers of recent times, including Amy Hempel, Alice Munro, and Joyce Carol Oates. By the end of the week you’ll be writing stories that hook your readers from the opening line. The course will be composed of morning workshops, both practical and creative, and one-to-one sessions with the tutors in the afternoons, as well as plenty of free time for your own writing. A showcase on the final night will present the opportunity to share your work with your tutors and peers, in a fun and supportive atmosphere.


Cynan Jones.

Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron on the west coast of Wales in 1975. He is the author of five novels, published in over 20 countries. He has been longlisted and shortlisted for numerous prizes internationally, and won the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, a Betty Trask Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, and, most recently, the BBC National Short Story Award.

He has also written stories for BBC Radio, a screenplay for the hit crime drama Hinterland, and a collection of tales for children. Other writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers, and in journals and magazines including Granta and The New Yorker.

Tyler Keevil

Tyler Keevil

Tyler Keevil grew up in Vancouver and in his mid-twenties moved to Wales. His short stories have appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies in Britain, Canada, and the U.S., and he has received a number of awards for his work, including the Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize, the Wales Book of the Year People’s Prize, and the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize. He lectures in Creative Writing at Cardiff University, and his latest novel, No Good Brother, will be published by The Borough Press / HarperCollins in February, 2018. www.tylerkeevil.com

Guest Reader

A.L. Kennedy

A.L.Kennedy is the author of 17 books: 6 literary novels, 1 science fiction novel, 7 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She was twice included in the Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists list. Her prose is published in a number of languages, and she has won awards including the 2007 Costa Book Award and the Austrian State Prize for International Literature. She is also a dramatist for the stage, radio, TV and film. She is an essayist and regularly reads her work on BBC radio and occasionally writes and performs one-person shows. She writes for a number of UK and overseas publications and for The Guardian Online.


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