Holly Müller is a novelist, short story writer, and musician. Her debut novel, My Own Dear Brother, a historical fiction set in post war Austria, was published worldwide by Bloomsbury in 2016 and she has published short stories in anthologies by Parthian Books and Seren Books. She has performed her work at literary events including Hay Literature Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival and has written for The Independent and The Guardian. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of South Wales where she tutored creative writing for several years.
Writing Short Stories
Short stories offer huge creative freedoms but also require discipline and precision. Less can mean more. But how, whilst writing something so sparing and sharp, can you create a satisfying experience for your reader? Short fiction requires the grasp of various writing skills. Together we’ll explore the fundamentals of great story writing, including: finding ideas, plotting, narrative structure, three-dimensional characters, how to edit and how to end. By the end of the week you’ll be writing stories that hook your readers from the get go and linger long in their minds. The week 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.
Rachel Trezise is the author of two award winning short story collections, Fresh Apples (Parthian, 2005) and Cosmic Latte (Parthian, 2013). Her novels to date are In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl (Parthian, 2000) which was recently added to the Library of Wales series and Sixteen Shades of Crazy (Blue Door, 2010). She also writes drama and non-fiction. A new novel, Wonderful, is forthcoming (Parthian, 2019). She is currently working on a third short fiction collection and two new plays.