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How to write a short story in a day
Sat, May 20, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM BST
Write your own story from scratch at this highly interactive writers’ workshop with Alba Arikha
Reckon you could write a great short story? Give it a go at this unique masterclass with critically acclaimed author Alba Arikha. In the space of just one day, you’ll learn how to find your voice, hone your writing skills and construct a compelling storyline. Then, you’ll write your own short story from scratch.
During this highly interactive course, you’ll take part in practical exercises and writing sessions, enabling you to develop your technique and build your confidence. Along the way, you’ll receive guidance on everything from structuring a storyline to developing characters. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to receive feedback on your work. By the end of the day, you’ll have finished writing a story of at least 500 words in length – and have the skills and confidence to continue your writing journey after the class.
- The key elements of a great short story
- Writing techniques that can be put into practice instantly
- How to find your voice as a writer and use writing prompts to develop your skills
- Creating a storyline from scratch
- Character development
- Choosing the point-of-view that’s right for your story
- Building narrative tension, mood and pace
- Story resolution
- Examples of great short stories – and what makes them work
- Practical writing session – write your own short story during the class (at least 500 words in length)
- Attendees are encouraged to bring in a 500-1000 word sample of what they’re working on, to be discussed in class
Alba Arikha is an author whose works include Walking on Ice and Muse. Her memoir Major/Minor was shortlisted for the Spear’s award and selected among the best books of 2012 by The New Yorker. Alba is also a highly experienced creative writing teacher, and has written for various publications including The New Republic and Tatler. Find out more on her website.