The Literary Consultancy Self-editing workshop: Short Story

Following the success of their recent Editing-related events The Literary Consultancy (TLC) will be running a short story self-editing workshop aimed at writers in November 2016. The workshop will run over two hours, with places strictly limited to 15 writers in each workshop. The workshop will provide practical guidance for writers wanting to develop their self-editing skills ahead of submission to an editorial service, or to an agent or publisher, and for those simply working on projects and wanting help with approaching the work objectively and afresh. It will look at the basic principles of short stories, with some practical examples, in order to form the basis for your self-editing. Narrative structure, characterisation, and voice are key, and this workshop will show you how to interrogate these principles when editing your story, to ensure it makes the impact the chosen subject demands.

The short story workshop will take place on 17th November 2016 with novelist and Peepal Tree Press Associate Editor Jacob Ross. Jacob will take writers through practical exercises and provide guidance on best practice in self-editing your own work.


This workshop will have a limited number of bursaried places, including travel costs (from outside of London), available for writers or aspiring editors on low income. Proof of income will be required as part of the application process for these tickets. To apply for a bursary, please email Aki Schilz on, including a short covering letter explaining your reasons for applying. Please also provide any proof of income as an email attachment and mark the email ‘TLC Self-Editing Workshop Bursary CONFIDENTIAL’, with the genre clearly indicated.


The event will be held at the Free Word Centre, Farringdon – and further ticket information and booking details can be found here:

New National 5 Day Residential Writing Centre Co. Waterford

The Story House Ireland is a not-for-profit residential writing centre inspired by The Arvon Foundation. Set in tranquil woodlands near Colligan, Dungarvan, The Story House will run its first 5 day writing course (on Short Fiction), from Mon. 23rd to Sat. 28th March 2015. The course will be led by experienced and award-winning writers and tutors Julian Gough and Susie Maguire. Their mid-week guest writer will be Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December), winner of The Guardian First Book Award.

The Story House aims to provide real support for developing writers of all ages and backgrounds, complementing the work of existing writing centres. As it grows it will provide a focus for the development in Ireland of a community of writers, teaching opportunities for professional writers, and also work to “ensure anyone can benefit from the transformative power of writing”.

This inaugural course is being offered for the special fee of €595 which includes: 5 nights accommodation; full board; all workshops; one-to-one sessions with each writer to discuss your work; time and space to write; reading & discussion with guest writer. Please note that bookings are on a first come, first served basis with the full fee required by no later than Mon. 9th February 2015. There are only a small number of places remaining for this course. You might like to check with your local Arts Office as to what supports they may offer to help you attend a course at The Story House. We wish to sincerely thank the Arts offices of Waterford City and County Council, Kilkenny County Council and Tipperary County Council for offering bursaries for this course to date.

Co-founders of The Story House, Margaret O’Brien and Nollaig Brennan, intend that The Story House will be a home for writers and writing and will also welcome many new faces to the arts scene in the south-east and to the beauty of the Waterford coast and countryside.

The Story House Website


Twitter: @TSHIreland