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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 (7)

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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing, Short Story

Create Brilliant Characters

Discover the secrets of successful character creation, and try out failsafe techniques to bring your own characters to life.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 17 Jan 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Short Story

Writing Short Stories

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

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Lucy Caldwell

Start Date

Thursday 20 Jan 2022

£795
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Crime, Novel Writing, Poetry, Short Story

Fiction Skills: Plot

Create storylines that keep readers turning those pages in this self-paced online course.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 24 Jan 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Non-fiction, Novel Writing, Short Story

Read Like a Writer

Read wider, read smarter and find new ways to get your words onto the page.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 31 Jan 2022

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development, Non-fiction, Novel Writing, Short Story

Fiction Skills: Research

Learn how to convert dry facts and higgledy-piggledy materials into compelling stories packed with atmosphere.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Philip Marsden

Start Date

Monday 21 Feb 2022

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing, Short Story

Fiction Skills: World Building

Learn how to create unforgettable story worlds that a reader can immerse themselves in – and how other writers use setting to transform their fiction.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 28 Feb 2022

£120
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Short Story

Advanced Short Stories

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

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Lucy Caldwell

Start Date

Thursday 21 Apr 2022

£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

Lucy Caldwell

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.

Student

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.