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Short Story Writing Courses

The short story is an enduring and versatile form. From five-day workshops to longer courses, our short story classes offer practical guidance, literary context and feedback on your work.

Our short story writing courses: an overview

Our short story courses are suitable for beginners and for more experienced writers looking to improve or invigorate their craft. Learn about the endless possibilities within the form, and how to write powerful, punchy fiction when every word counts.

Whether you’re attending a workshop in our London offices or our bespoke online classroom, you’ll have an experienced tutor – themselves a published writer – to guide you and a group of fellow writers for support and sharing work, even after the course is over.

Some of our online short story courses are flexible, designed to fit in around your other commitments. Others are live, meaning you’ll need to be at the computer at set times – but that you can join from wherever you are in the world.

Who are these courses for?

Aspiring writers

Many writers choose to learn their craft through short story writing, one of the most challenging and rewarding forms. Learn the essential tools of fiction – characterisation, setting and narrative structure – and put your skills to the test as you start creating your own story worlds.

Stuck writers

If you're working in another genre but finding yourself stalling on a project, the short story is the perfect form to bring a shot of inspiration and a new understanding of how the very best narrative arcs work. Learn new skills and leave with renewed confidence and energy for your longer fiction.

Writers looking to expand their skillset

Short fiction is an ever-growing and exciting market. If you're a novelist or screenwriter looking for a new challenge, a short story course might be the perfect place to expand your horizons, as well as deepening your understanding of the fundamentals underpinning your own fiction.

Short Story Writing Courses (3)

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The Five Day Short Story

Five days, one story – master the art of the short story in one intense week.

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Improving

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Shelley Weiner

Start Date

Monday 05 Sep 2022

£550
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Short Stories I: Short Fiction for Beginners

Learn the craft of short story writing, then create and polish new stories of your own with an award-winning writer.

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Starting out

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Online

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12 weeks

Tutors

Lucy Caldwell

Start Date

Thursday 29 Sep 2022

£850
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Short Stories II: Developing the Craft

You’ve got to grips with the basics – now it’s time to make your short stories shine.

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Improving

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Online

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12 weeks

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Lucy Caldwell

Start Date

Thursday 19 Jan 2023

£850
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Short Story Tutors

Our short story tutors are all published writers as well as experienced teachers, and have a detailed understanding of the form and today's market for it.

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Lucy Caldwell

Born in Belfast in 1981, Lucy Caldwell is the multi–award winning author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas...

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Shelley Weiner

Shelley Weiner is an acclaimed novelist, short-story writer and journalist who has, over the years, established a reputation...

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Shelley Weiner

I am just coming to the end of the Writing Short Stories course with the astoundingly wonderful Lucy Caldwell. The best writing course I have ever done.

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Writing Short Stories

I am just coming to the end of the Writing Short Stories course with the astoundingly wonderful Lucy Caldwell. The best writing course I have ever done.

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Manuscript Assessment

Get comprehensive editorial feedback on your manuscript from our experienced readers – whether it’s still a work-in-progress or you’re preparing to submit to literary agents.

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Mentoring

We offer a range of mentoring options if you’d prefer to work one-on-one with an established writer to help you shape your project and realise your writing ambitions.

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Browse the Reading Room

From author interviews and writing tips to creative writing exercises and reading lists, we've got everything you need to get started – and to keep going.

Developing Characters During a Draft

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Developing Characters During a Draft
Chasing a Sleep-Deprived Dream

Alumna Louise Morrish on the call that kickstarted her writing career

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Chasing a Sleep-Deprived Dream
My Road to Publication

Academy alumna Sarah Clarke on getting her book deal, and the hope that kept her going

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My Road to Publication