This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £95 / Conc. £71
If you're a short story enthusiast, whether novice or well-practised, this course offers a chance for you to learn more about the different forms, including analysis techniques and also practical skills.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for those new to writing as well as those with prior experience who need help structuring and improving their writing progress.
Do I need any previous skills or knowledge?
You will need to have a fluent level of spoken and written English. Furthermore, a willingness to write and share your work is required, as well as the time to write and read texts outside of class.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
You will need a notebook and pen, or digital equivalent, and a folder to store course materials.
Are there follow-on courses I can take?
Writing Short Stories – The Next Step
Will I be assessed?
There is no formal assessment for courses at Bishopsgate Institute. However, to monitor your learning and progress, tutors will assess your participation in classroom activities.
You will learn
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Employ a variety of strategies to generate ideas for writing short stories
- Explore various elements including Point of View, dialogue, syntax, and balance in writing short stories
- Examine how concrete detail and "showing not telling" can strengthen your writing
- Read and discuss a wider range of published stories
- Discuss features of the evolution of the short story tradition
- Critique others’ writing with more focus
- Begin to evaluate how and why stories work – your own as well as published work
- Feel more confident with your own writing voice.
Meet the Tutor
Barbara Marsh is a London-based American writer, musician and teacher. Winner of the 2015 Troubadour International Poetry Prize, her collections, To the Boneyard and Mr Ferndean Takes Stock are published by Eyewear. Her poetry has been widely anthologised and has appeared internationally in various literary magazines. As a musician/singer/songwriter, she was half of the Anglo-American duo The Dear Janes (Geffen Records). She has an MPhil in Creative Writing from the University of Glamorgan and is currently working on a collection incorporating short fiction, poetry and memoir.
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