If you’re working on a short story and would like to learn essential techniques to unlock the story’s potential and make it the best it can be, then this brand new Curtis Brown Creative course for you. Across five days – from Monday 17 May to Friday 21 May – award-winning writer Cynan Jones (author of Stillicide, The Dig, The Long Dry) will show you how to develop your characters, narrative voice and the world of your story to maximum effect; how to refine your prose to make it work harder for you; and how to approach and edit your work with fresh insight and confidence.
15 talented writers will be selected to take part in this intensive five-day short story course. The course will be hosted through a combination of live Zoom meetings/webinars for the student group and tutor, plus writing and work-sharing time on the CBC online Learn platform. Teaching sessions will focus on interrogating aspects of the short story craft and identifying areas for improvement in your own work as well as giving you the tools to make those improvements. Cynan will set exercises to help you practise what you’ve learnt and try out new techniques and skills as well as generating new material to give your work a fresh lease of life. You will be encouraged to post and discuss your work on our forum and read and comment on the work of those in your group – this will help not only to explore your work in more detail but also to hone your editorial eye and critical faculties.
You will also get a one-to-one tutorial with Cynan, which will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion about your story-in-progress and how to develop it further, as well as a chance to talk about any specific difficulties you’re having with your writing. On the final day of the course, students will attend an industry Q&A with literary agent Lucy Luck (C&W) and short story writer Chris Power in the morning, followed by a celebratory reading event and farewell with Cynan in the afternoon. You will be invited to read from your work and there will be advice on how to keep going and move forward with your writing.
The fee for this course is £480.