Writing short stories for competitions
23 January @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One event on 30 January, 2019 at 7:00pm
One event on 6 February, 2019 at 7:00pm
One event on 13 February, 2019 at 7:00pm
About the course
Writing short stories for competitions will encourage you to form an idea for a short story and develop it over a four-week period with the aim of submitting it into a number of competitions. It will cover the way competitions are judged and help you to shape a short piece of fiction that is capable of grabbing a judge’s attention. The course has been scheduled to allow you time to submit your story for the Bridport prize 2019; however, the course will discuss a range of other opportunities and encourage you to consider where your work might best be submitted in relation to the stage you are at in your writing career.
You will learn
- Understanding of character, plot, dialogue and how they work in the context of a short story.
- An insight into the way competitions are run and judged and the implications of this with regards to your work.
- An understanding of the multitude of opportunities available to which you might consider submitting your work.
- Wednesday 23rd January, 7 pm – 9 pm
- Wednesday 30th January, 7 pm – 9 pm
- Wednesday 6th February, 7 pm – 9 pm
- Wednesday 13th February, 7 pm – 9 pm
Dr Mark Ellis is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University and has also taught at Worcester, Wolverhampton and Bradford Universities. He has been involved in the selection process of a number of competitions and anthologies including the prominent Huddersfield Literature Festival Grist Anthology. Mark is also the artistic director of Collective Unconscious, an immersive theatre company based in Nottingham. He has published two collections of short stories, a novel and a script for an eight-hour play.
Book your place
The price of this course is £65 for general admission and £50 for NWS members. Book your place below, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.