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Successful Short Stories Writing Course- Advanced

Tutor: Pete Maguire
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next start dates:  Wednesday 01 November 2017 


For advanced read ‘moving on from the basics and delving deep into what makes a story', so this is a course that will be accessible to everyone. 

In the course we will look at the deeper themes and forces behind short stories. There will be an in-depth look at the use of metaphor, autobiography, social commentary and tragedy. We will re-explore the use of character, setting, dialogue and plot, really working to unearth the power that these attributes can bring, not only to the reader, but also to the writer.  

There will be a strong emphasis on removing any inhibition or blockages to success. As Michele Cassou says about painting, which can easily be applied to writing:

“To discover that you can paint without special talent is a great revelation. An endless stream runs through you, enough to paint for lifetimes. Talent is universal. You can dip into that source to your heart's content. Everyone is good at what comes to them spontaneously. If nothing is put in your way, talent will meet you there.”

We will examine what has driven past writers – their personalities – which ones were confessional, which ones were observational – then explore the benefits of each approach and how each can fit into your writing. 

The events, transformations and connections within our everyday and creative lives can give us the most exquisite springboard into a world of infinite richness… combine this with a good group and every individual in the class can rise to heights they may have never thought possible. 

As always in my classes there will be a lot of writing, sharing and support. There will also be the opportunity to send work to me weekly to be evaluated.

The Cult Writer

Pete Maguire was born in Dublin in 1969. He is the author of the wildly surreal novel City of a Million Dots. Obsessed with the creative process, he teaches and delves into the extraordinary writing minds of adults, home educated and autistic children. He has published poems in various magazines including Bare Fiction and The Honest Ulsterman and short stories in Aesthetica and with Rattle Tales. He has also performed a number of short stories in Brighton and London with Rattle Tales and The Word Factory.

 Pete believes that writing is the finest form of modern magic, a tool to be brandished with wisdom and reckless guile. It is equally the one thing that can cure us and the one thing that can make us sick. Nevertheless, once you step off the parapet of trying, there is nowhere else to be - in the wonder of creation and understanding we become gods and the most perfectly humble, specks of dust.


“I really enjoyed Pete Maguire’s creative writing class. It was always fun, and I learned lots of new techniques to make writing more interesting and enjoyable. He handled the class with charm and gentle leadership. I found him an inspiring teacher"



“Thank you, Pete, for inspiring a disparate group of writers with good humour and ingenuity and encouraging us kindly over five too short weeks.”