Writing Short Stories

Mon 23 Jul - Sat 28 Jul 2018
Tutors / Rachel Trezise & 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.

Tutors

Rachel Trezise

Rachel Trezise is a novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her debut novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl won an Orange Futures Prize in 2001 and will soon be released in the Library of Wales series. Her debut short fiction collection Fresh Apples won the inaugural International Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006. Her second short fiction collection Cosmic Latte won the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize in 2014. Her most recent plays are Tonypandemonium staged by National Theatre Wales in 2013 and We’re Still Here also staged by National Theatre Wales in 2017. Her next novel will be published in 2018.
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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.

www.a-l-kennedy.co.uk

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