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Successful Short Stories Writing Courses

Tutor: Pete Maguire
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next start dates:  Thursday 22 June 2017 - Advanced Course

We've still got spaces on out Advanced Short Story Course starting 22 June.

Courses for both new and experienced writers to explore short stories through class exercises, reading and group discussion.

Over the weeks we will look at story ideas, point of view, dialogue, sentence structures, scene shaping, and plot and character development. The group will be encouraged to finish and share a couple of short stories. As the weeks progress we will expand the key elements of short stories – conflict, story arcs, journeys and endings.

This is a course where imaginations will be fired, work and fun will be had in equal measure, and support given every step of the way.

Advanced course

In the advanced 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 – we will also be discussing what this means to each individual. 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 – the benefits of each approach and how each method can fit into your writing. 

As always in my classes there will be a lot of writing, sharing and support. A good group can lift every individual in the class to rise to heights they may not have thought possible and I will be looking to create an ongoing sharing forum to keep people connected and writing.

About the tutor

Pete Maguire is the author of the dystopian novel City of a Million Dots and a performance poet. He spent a number of years producing Escape Literature magazine in Brighton, then completed a Creative Writing Course at the University of Sussex, continuing on to the advanced course at New Writing South. He has been teaching Collective Writing as an ongoing series called Creative Evolution in Synergy, Zu Studios and at various festivals.


“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.”