6 Month Nottingham Short Story Course with Bekki Burns (UK ONLY)

6 Month Nottingham Short Story Course with Bekki Burns (UK ONLY)

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Nottingham Writers' Studio

25 Hockley



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Comma Press is an award winning independent publisher from the North of England presenting a very special IN PERSON short story course.

About this event

We are delighted to be announcing a special NOTTINGHAM short story course led by the fantastic Bekki Burns.


About the course

As well as being internationally renowned for the legend of Robin Hood, Nottingham has a history of rebellion – from stealing from the rich to give to the poor, to making a stand for the rights of the working classes. Be inspired by the history, culture and city of Nottingham and join local writer Rebecca Burns at Nottingham Writers Studio for this 6-month short story course.

Over six sessions, you'll become familiar with short story narrative structures, and be able to apply them to your own work.

By the end of the course you will have

* Become familiar with a range of Short Story forms and voices

* Gained a stronger understanding of how to tell a compelling story, drawing from life experiences

* The necessary skills to progress your Short Story project with confidence

* Benefited from structured, peer-driven feedback and personalised tuition

*Produced 3 short stories, one of which will be published in a Comma Press Course E-Book at the end of the course

PLEASE NOTE Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high-quality experience.


£200.00 per ticket (+Booking Fees) which covers 6x sessions over 6 months including detailed feedback and end of course publication in a short story e-book anthology.

Considering signing up?

We make our courses as accessible as possible: they span the UK and take place routinely throughout the year; you don't actually need any previous experience - just enthusiasm for short story writing; and you only need a pen, paper, laptop/computer, and internet access in order to take part and keep in contact.

What our graduates say

Past particpants on our Short Story Courses have gone on to be published by the likes of Penguin, Canongate Books, The Best of British Fantasy, Granta, and Ambit Magazine, have work reviewed in the The Guardian, The Irish Times, Lit Hub, Sunday Express and Metro and recognised by awards such as the The Brighton Prize 2018 (Highly Commended), Republic of Consciousness Prize (Shortlisted), TS BIFFY Micro Fiction (Winner), National Association of Writing Groups Short Story Competition (Winner), Northern Soul Northern Writer of the Year Award 2018 (Winner), The Brighton Prize 2018 (Highly Commended), Galley Beggar Short Story Award in 2017/18 (Winner), and the London Independent Story Prize in the Best Film Idea Category (Winner).

"As an aspiring writer, I can’t recommend Comma Press’ Short Story Courses enough: ongoing support from top-class published authors writing today, development of close-reading skills and of course that all important trait – rapid improvement of your writing skills. All this and more, as well as the opportunity to meet the next generation of up and coming talent." - Past Participant

Dates, Times and Location

The course runs once a month for 6-months. Each session is two hours long.

We will be running the course in person at Nottingham Writers Studio.

6-8pm Monday 19th September

6-8pm Monday 24th October

6-8pm Monday 21st November

6-8pm Monday 19th December

6-8pm Monday 9th January

6-8pm Monday 23rd January

Any questions?

Contact the short course coordinator:

Email: nia.thomas@commapress.co.uk with Re: Nottingham Short Story Course

Tutor Profile

Rebecca Burns is an award-winning writer of short stories. Her story collections – Catching the Barramundi (2012) and The Settling Earth (2014 – were both longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011 and 2020, winner of the Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Competition in 2013. She has also been profiled as part of the University of Leicester’s “Grassroutes Project”, a project that showcases the 50 best transcultural writers in the county.

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