Reading Short Stories/Writing Short Stories, Day School (ONLINE VERSION)

Date: Saturday 9th December 2023.

Time: 1.30pm–5.30pm.

Online (Zoom)

Format: seminar discussion with writing tasks attempted in class.

Number of participants: Limited to 18 places maximum.

Tutor: Alan McMunnigall.

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NOTE: THIS IS ONLINE & OPEN TO WRITERS & READERS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD (it’s a version of the in-person class, delivered the week previously).

The primary aim of this day school is to inspire writers to create new works of fiction. We’ll look closely at a range of short stories in order to think about how narrative structures and literary techniques function. Literary style will be examined, as well as methods of writing short stories. Other elements for discussion will include editing, movement, drama, voice, perspective and the escalation of tension.

During the first part of the session, participants will write miniature prose 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.

An additional online session will take place on Friday evening, 8th December 7–8pm. This will be a chance for participants to introduce themselves and to hear a short literary introduction to the fiction that will be discussed in class. Attendance at this is not a requirement for attending the Saturday day school.

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. If anyone has any questions about this online day school please just drop an email to: