Author of 'Fragile Monsters', Viking (2021) and 'Subjunctive Moods', Dahlia Publishing (2018)
Repped by Zoë Waldie, Rogers Coleridge & White.
This workshop focuses on creating believable characters and settings. Through a series of writing exercises, you’ll learn how real life people and places can be successfully mined for short fiction. We’ll also explore techniques for evoking characters who live beyond the page.
This workshop focuses on writing well-rounded short stories that go “beyond the page” in terms of what they convey to a reader. We will discuss how the limited length of a short story imposes its own challenges, and how you can overcome these. We’ll also identify and practise techniques which let a reader infer character backstory and setting, without you needing to explicitly state these.
Join authors Cath Barton, Jack Strange, CG Menon and Penny Ellis in discussion with Focus Magazine editor Hannah Hill. The panellists will discuss why they write, how they write, offering insights and tips from their own personal experiences. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
Last month I was thrilled to hear that I’d won the Bare Fiction short story prize. For those who don’t know, Bare Fiction is a wonderful literary magazine that’s been going a few years. The pieces in it are very, very well-written and I’ve discovered many fantastic new authors by reading this. It’s also quite high-profile, attracting some very well-known names both as contributors and judges for the competition. This year the short story entries were judged by Courttia Newland, which gives you a sense of how thrilled I was to hear I’d won!
All the way back in March, I entered the City Writes short courses competition. This is a regular competition open to everyone who’s studied on one of the City Writes short courses. City offers loads of these creative writing courses throughout the year, and I’d always fancied going on one. They’re run in the evenings, so fit nicely in around a day job. In 2013 I got my act together and enrolled on their wonderful short story course. It’s probably what really sparked my interest in short stories!
Anyway, I was very pleased to hear that I’d been...