Write A Short Story In A Weekend (Online)

Improving | Fiction
A new short story? You are going to need one free weekend, one egg timer, and one big pot of coffee... This one is not for the faint-hearted.

If you're looking for an excuse to dedicate a weekend to your craft, this is it. It'll take hard work, focus and a lot of writing and editing, but you'll come out with a brand new short story to show for it – a world you conjured with characters you breathed life into, finished and ready to share.

Whether you're new to the craft or already writing and looking for inspiration, this is the perfect challenge – the ideal space and time to take the plunge and start getting words on the page.

'Thanks so much for an excellent course. It has without a doubt been hard work, but I feel I’ve learned so much and have really enjoyed actually writing again. The content was brilliant, a really great course.'
Steph, November 2018

2020-10-16
2020-10-18
Online
online
Fiction
16th - 18th October 2020

Availability: In stock

£250.00
18 Places

Unlike many of our other online courses, this course is 'live'. That means you will begin and end at a fixed time. All times are given below in UK time.

We've included Pomodoro writing sessions at various points throughout the course to help you kick-start and sustain the writing process.

FRIDAY
• 18:00 – Welcome to the course!
• Icebreaker exercise
• First learning materials available – video, audio, reading, and other stimulus material
• First assignment given – to be completed by noon Saturday
• Discussion forum opens
• Live 24/7 chatroom opens

SATURDAY
• Saturday morning – time to experiment with different story ideas before getting stuck into the writing proper
• 09:00 – Tutor check-in
• 13:00 – Group chat session with tutor: how are you getting on?
• Afternoon/evening session – begin working on the first draft of your short story (to be completed by 13:00 Sunday)
• Optional group Pomodoro session
• 17:00 onwards – writing time
• Bedtime reading – pick from a wealth of super-generative stimulus texts and materials, to keep your brain working overnight

SUNDAY
• Sunday morning – focus on endings and time to work on completing your first draft.
• 09:00 – Tutor check-in
• 13:00 – Chat session with tutor: questions on the assignments
• Afternoon/evening session – final assignment: edit your story (to be completed by midnight tonight)
• 23:00 – Tutor consolidation and next steps

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Tutor

Susmita has been a professional writer and teacher since 2005. She won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Memoir Prize in 2016 and her novel ...

Thanks so much for an excellent course. It has without a doubt been hard work, but I feel I’ve learned so much and have really enjoyed actually writing again. The content was brilliant, a really great course.
  • Steph, November 2018
The support and feedback from fellow participants were invaluable. I came away with new tools and techniques and renewed confidence in my writing. I’ve since won two short story competitions, one with the story I wrote during the course.
  • Nicki Parkins

"There's no point staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike - to get your creative muscles working you need to start writing, reviewing and sharing your work."

Helen Shipman