Day School Spring 2024

Date: Saturday 23rd March 2024

Time: 1.30pm–5.30pm (GMT)

Venue: west end of Glasgow (TBC)

Format: in-person, seminar discussion with writing tasks attempted in class

Number of participants: Limited to 22 places maximum

Tutor: Alan McMunnigall


(If you missed out on a place because this day school sold out quickly, feel free to drop a line to and you can be kept updated if this runs again.)

This day school is aimed at writers who want to create better narrative structures in their writing. It is also ideal for readers who want to understand more about how narration functions.

We’ll look at a range of short stories and novel extracts, focusing specifically on how writers construct narratives to tell stories. The importance of detail, movement, the role of the narrator, setting, characterisation and narrative arc will be discussed. Throughout the day, perspective and point of view will be emphasised and examined as key components of narration.

Everyone will go away with a clearer and deeper knowledge of how successful narration works. Writers will be able to use narrative techniques more effectively in their work. Additionally, the session will contain helpful information and guidance for those editing their own work, or the work of others.

During the first part of the day, participants will write short pieces inspired by the fiction we’ve read. In the second half we’ll work on openings and outlines of longer stories. These can be continued after the session.

A 30-minute break will take place halfway through. The venue is close to a range of cafes and food outlets. For those who can stay on, there will be time to socialise as a group, and to discuss the ideas and concepts from the day a bit further. This is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow writers and readers from thi wurd’s wider community.

All readers and writers are welcome. This class is suitable for beginners all the way through to experienced writers. No prior knowledge of literary terms is required. The venue for the class is accessible. If anyone has any questions about this day school, please just drop an email to: