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SHORT STORY COURSE #2 – Beginnings & Endings with Tessa Hadley

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WORD FACTORY PRESENTS:

Short Story Course 2018

On Beginnings & Endings with Tessa Hadley

In the second of our short story workshops, one of the UK’s most renowned short story writers and novelists will help you explore the essentials of understanding beginnings and endings in your work.

We will think about how to find a way into the beginning of a short story - and to find a way out at the end of it. We'll look at some beginings and endings of the great short story writers, discus how they're doing and what works. The story itself - the core of the story, what happened - is what comes first.

Please come with the nugget of an idea for a short story. No more than a fragment: something found, or something read in a newspaper, or somethign from the famly pst,or some little dreamed-up scene that won't leave you alone. You don't have to know how to run this fragment into a story - that's what the workshop is for. And if you can't think of one, Tessa will have a few fragements spare to inspire you.

In small groups and then in the whole class, we'll discuss these, trying to find the right front door, the right first paragraph, which will open up into each fragment of story-material. And then - much harder - we'll try to find our way out again, imagine ending the story in the right place, with the right words - which are always 'hiding in plain sight'.

Tessa Hadley is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and a professor at Bath Spa University.

Class size limited to 25 places.

THE COURSE LEADERS

Leone Ross | Tessa Hadley | Sharon Eckman | Toby Litt | Cynan Jones


INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS

Attending the full course offers continuity, a great learning experience as well as the best value. However, it’s also possible to book individual workshops.

Use the links below to read full details about each of the specific workshops:

  • ALL FIVE WORKSHOPS
  • Workshop #1: Character with Leone Ross - Saturday 17 March 2018
  • Workshop #2: Beginnings & Endings with Tessa Hadley - Saturday 21 April 2018, morning
  • Workshop #3: Being Heard with Sharon Eckman - Saturday 21 April 2018, afternoon
  • Workshop #4: Plot with Toby Litt - Saturday 12 May 2018
  • Workshop #5: Make The Cut with Cynan Jones - Saturday 16 June 2018
  • Special Reading Salon - TBC. July 2018




DISCOUNTED TICKETS & PRIORITY BOOKING FOR FRIENDS

As a "friend" of the Word Factory, one of your benefits are discounted tickets to all our Masterclasses and Salons. You also get priority booking. Find out more and become a valued member of a community of fellow writers

Friends can book tickets from 30 January 2018. Everyone else has to wait until 20 February 2018.

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VENUE

The course will be run on Saturday mornings at Waterstones, Piccadilly unless otherwise stated. Please note: there is a slim possibility the venue will change but would still be in central London.

Further information: sophie@thewordfactory.tv


DISCLAIMER

This information is correct at the time of publishing. The Word Factory reserves the right to alter the programme if necessary. Anyone who has bought a ticket will be notified of any changes immediately.




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