Fiction Reboot

Mon 10 August 2020 - Sat 15 August 2020
Tutors / Vanessa Gebbie & Cynan Jones
Guest Reader / Nikesh Shukla
Course Fee / From £550 - £675 per person
Genres / FictionShort Stories
Language / English

Struggling with your novel? Out of love with your short story collection? Wondering if you should just give up? Time to re-engage! This course will help you put the spark back in your writing and push your work to the next stage and beyond. Tutored by two experienced, award-winning authors, you will participate in a mix of group workshops and smaller tutorials and have plenty of time for personal writing. You will also have a one-to-one tuition session with both Vanessa and Cynan who will help you as much as they can with your current project, to strengthen and enthuse you about its possibilities. Our aim is to send you away not only with sharper writing skills and work which excites you afresh, but with increased confidence in yourself as a writer.


Vanessa Gebbie

Vanessa Gebbie has won awards for both fiction and poetry. She is author of a novel, The Coward’s Tale (Bloomsbury, 2012), and five collections of shorter fiction including A Short History of Synchronised Breathing, (Cultured Llama, 2017), Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures (Liquorice Fish, 2015) and Nothing to Worry About (Flash, The International Short-Short Story Press, 2019)She is the editor of Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story (Salt, 2013), which is recommended reading on many creative writing courses in the UK and beyond. She also has two poetry books – The Half-Life of Fathers (Pighog, 2013) which was chosen by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the best of its year, and Memorandum: Poems for the Fallen (Cultured Llama, 2016), which was published to coincide with the Battle of the Somme centenary. She is finishing a second novel and she teaches widely.

Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones is the author of five novels, published in over 20 countries. He has been longlisted and shortlisted for numerous prizes and won the Wales Book of the Year fiction category, a Betty Trask Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, and the BBC National Short Story Award. His short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and in journals and magazines including Granta and The New Yorker. He has also written a screenplay for the hit crime drama Hinterland, a collection of tales for children, and stories for BBC Radio. His latest work, Stillicide (2019), is a collection of twelve short stories commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and published by Granta. Cynan is the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Aberystwyth University, and was recently elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is also a mentor for the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme.

Guest Reader

Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is a novelist, short story writer and screenwriter. He is the author of Coconut Unlimited (Quartet Books, 2010), shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award; Meatspace (The Friday Project, 2015); and the critically acclaimed The One Who Wrote Destiny (Atlantic Books, 2018). Nikesh is a contributing editor to the Observer Magazine and was previously their columnist. Nikesh is the editor of the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant (Unbound, 2017) which won the reader's choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards and went on to co-edit The Good Immigrant USA (Dialogue Books, 2019) with Chimene Suleyman. Nikesh was one of Time Magazine’s cultural leaders, Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller's 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016 and in 2017. Nikesh is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Folio Academy.

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