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 / FictionShort 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 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.

Tyler Keevil

Tyler Keevil grew up in Vancouver and moved to Wales in his mid-twenties. He is the author of six books and has won a number of awards for his writing, most notably The Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize, the Wales Book of the Year People's Prize, and the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. His horror and suspense stories have appeared in Black Static fiction magazine, Leading Edge, and On Spec, among others, and his story ‘The Herd’ has been optioned for feature film adaptation. His newest novel is the literary thriller Your Still Beating Heart (Myriad Editions, 2020).

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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