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Short Story Success

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Start Date(s): 5 March 2022 / 25 August 2022
  • Duration: Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, two days or Thursday and Friday 10 am - 4 pm, two days
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Do you have an idea for a short story but don’t know how to begin?

Or maybe you’ve an idea for a novel but writing a shorter version will help you get started?

On this course you’ll be guided through the process of writing your first piece, and introduced to ways in which writers get their work seen in this competitive arena.

The course will suit both the beginner and those with more experience who are interested in honing an idea or who are seeking fresh inspiration.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to write your own short story as well as ideas about how and where to get them published.

"I enjoyed the variety of prompts. I feel like I wrote things I never would have expected. It was jam-packed - my brain feels a bit fried in a good way!"

"Highly recommended. A great start to creative writing and to meeting new people."

"A great introduction course and a very passionate tutor."

"A very enjoyable course which has inspired me to write more."

"Excellent. Thanks so much!"

Tutor profile: Megan Taylor is the author of three novels, How We Were LostThe Dawning and The Lives of Ghosts and a short story collection, The Woman Under the Ground.

She has an MA in Novel Writing with Distinction from Manchester Metropolitan University, and has enjoyed running creative writing workshops for many years.

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Any questions?

Contact the short course office:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you’ll study

On this course you will:

  • undertaken practical writing exercises
  • consider essential aspects, including character, setting, imagery and structure
  • gain inspiration and advice about how to take your short stories from initial ideas to polished pieces, ready for release
  • look into the practicalities of matching and submitting your short stories to competitions and journals.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £150.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £150.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply