Comma Press Online Short Story Course with CD Rose – SOLD OUT

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

19 August — 28 October 2020 Tickets from £75 — Book now

Bookings are now being taken for the latest six short story-writing workshop series from Manchester’s Comma Press, held fortnightly via Zoom on 19 August, 2 September, 16 September, 30 September, 14 October and 28 October. Led by author and editor CD Rose, this course is all about the short story, typically reckoned to be somewhere between 1,500 and 8,000 words long.

Led by author and editor CD Rose, this course is all about the short story, typically reckoned to be somewhere between 1,500 and 8,000 words long

Over the course of the six workshops, you’ll get to grips with the predominant narrative structures and techniques used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work, including how to improve characterisation, dialogue and narrative voice. You’ll discuss exemplary short stories selected by the tutor and discuss these as a group, contributing your own opinions and insight before being set tasks and prompts to encourage and inspire you to write between sessions (to get the most from the course, you should be prepared to also do some background reading).

Note that the course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, horror or sf (see here for more on that) – nor will it help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction or biography.

Course leader CD Rose has written stories set in Paris, Naples, St Petersburg, Lisbon, Birmingham and, of course, Manchester. Some of these have been published in the Salt anthology Best British Stories 2018 and Comma’s Parenthesis anthology, and with Gorse, The Lonely Crowd and Lighthouse magazines. Most recently, he is the author of Who’s Who When Everyone Is Someone Else (Melville House, 2018), and the editor of the Buzzcocks-inspired anthology Love Bites (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019).

19 August — 28 October 2020 Tickets from £75 Book now

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