Our Short Story Workshop has a very specific objective: to produce a book of short stories written by the participants.
Novelist Jo-Anne Richards and screen and script writer Richard Beynon will be on hand to prompt, critique and guide the participants.
We’ll provide a range of possible seed ideas – or help participants devise their own stories from scratch. We’ll give formal input on various aspects of writing, and finally we’ll provide ongoing support as all the participants work their way through their stories.
Who’s it for?
- Anyone who hopes to unlock their own creative talents in a structured, friendly and encouraging environment.
- Everyone who has wanted to write a short story, but been too afraid to try.
- Anyone who has always longed to see their writing in print
- Enthusiastic short story writers
What’ll it do for you?
By providing you with the motivation, the skills and a series of gentle pushes, it’ll prove to you not only that you can write a short story, but that you can write a publishable short story.
Why do it?
Because you’ll never forgive yourself for passing up the opportunity! It’ll give you a published story with which to wow friends and family!
Where is it?
When is it?
17 to 19 November. Pre-course material available from 10 November.
How will it work?
The challenge to each participant is to write the first draft of a short story over the weekend of 17 to 19 November.
It’s a workshop with a very specific objective: to produce a book of short stories written by the participants, and published online and in hard copy.
- Participants will join the online group for the Short Story Workshop.
- Read the selection of story ideas – which will be posted on the network on 11 November.
- These will include both “literary” ideas – and genre ideas.
- Each participant will be able to pick one of these for development – or you can choose to pursue your own story idea.
- We’ll post some information on the challenges of writing a short story – with some suggestions about how to meet these challenges.
- Participants to work on the idea or outline for your story and the nature of your protagonist.
Friday 17 November:
- Arrival from 2pm
- One-on-one sessions to be scheduled for when participants arrive.
- Group session at 6.30pm which will include a run down on what the challenges of writing a short story are – with some suggestions about how to meet those challenges.
Saturday 18 November:
- We’ll meet to discuss the plans for the day and hope to get started
- Then you’ll be on your own until lunch-time, either to start writing, or to spend a little more time developing your idea. Jo-Anne and I will be available (and circulating) to offer help, suggestions and encouragement.
- We’ll have a short “plenary” to discuss problems you’ve encountered, and to give a pep-talk on other pressing issues involved in character and story development.
- You’ll then be on your own for the afternoon, again with access to Jo-Anne and Richard whenever you need us. The venue will offer wonderful walks, in the gardens or beyond, should you feel the need for some outdoor rumination.
- You’ll be free to pick up a cup of tea and a biscuit before continuing with your writing until we gather for drinks and an informal post-mortem of the day’s progress.
- Dinner will be followed by chat – unless you choose to go to your rooms and continue writing. That’s entirely up to you.
Sunday 19 November:
- Breakfast on Sunday will be followed by a Q&A session at which Jo-Anne and Richard will explore issues pertinent to your short stories, help you with further brainstorming, and so on.
- Then, more writing. You should be on the home-stretch now. We’ll continue to check on your progress, help you with Act 3 problems, and guide you into the winner’s enclosure. We’ll have tea while we work.
- And then lunch.
- And then each of us will read what we’ve written.
- You’ll have ten days to complete your first draft.
- You’ll receive full feedback by midDecember.
- Submit your second draft by mid-January for the final professional edit.
- We’ll format in February format and publish online via Amazon and in hard copy.
The costs are as follows:
Option one: Single occupancy TBC.
This includes the two day workshop, single accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, two suppers, two lunches, two breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas and coffees.
Option two: Double occupancy both doing the workshop TBC
This includes the two day workshop, shared accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, two suppers, two lunches, two breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas and coffees. Please specify below if you’d like a double or twin beds.
Total for two writers sharing – TBC
Option three: Double occupancy, attending with a friend/partner who will NOT be doing the workshop
This includes shared accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, two suppers, two lunches, two breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas and coffees. Please specify below if you’d like a double or twin beds.
Total for one writer and one non-writing partner – TBC
In due course, after you’ve had a chance to do a final edit on your stories, we’ll gather them together (no more than a week or so after we’ve returned), and publish them, as promised, online via Amazon and in hard copy.
Non-writing spouses/friends/partners are welcome.
To book your place please contact us via email or call us on 082 652 4643