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Short Story in a Day

Tutor: Linda McVeigh
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next date: Saturday 14th October 2017

A day to kickstart creativity and go from blank page to finished story in 6 hours. This workshop will spark ideas, help you create a character and plot, and guide you through the editing process.

Feeling uninspired? No idea what to write about? Don’t fret… a series of short, snappy exercises will blow away the tumbleweed and get you in the creative groove.

Haven’t got a character? We’ve got an exercise for that, too…

No plot? No worries.

Can you really write a whole story in just one page? We take a look at examples of 500-word stories and consider what works, what doesn’t, and why.

In the afternoon, with first drafts complete, we’ll get the metaphorical pruning shears out and give our stories a thorough short back and sides, cutting out unnecessary, superfluous, redundant words and asking ourselves probing questions about structure, point of view and other niceties.

Suitable for all levels.

 

About the tutor

Linda is a writer with considerable success in competitions, including first prize in the Charleston Small Wonder Short Story Festival slam (in 2007 and again in 2011), first prize in the Rainy Cities Short Stories prize in 2010, and first prize in the 2011 Asham Award, judged by Sarah Waters.  She also won the inaugural Brighton Prize in 2014. Her story ‘All Over the Place’ was published in ‘Something Was There’ (Virago, 2011) and ‘Back Seat’ was published by Galley Beggar in 2017.  She is currently writing a novel.