A short story conjures a world within minutes. A good one lingers for years. VS Pritchett defines them as, ‘something glimpsed from the corner of the eye, in passing.’ They are a literary conjuring trick, casting a wedge of light onto a fragment of a world that engages the reader’s imagination to supply the whole. How? That’s what we’ll explore in this interactive session. We’ll discuss content – how to spot a potential short story; how to build an idea into a narrative. We’ll analyse a modern classic for its structure, imagery and characterisation. There will be practical exercises in openings, endings and development of voice.
Short fiction isn’t known for making its authors rich, but it’s an ideal genre in which to experiment with structure and tone. And it’s a great stepping stone into the publishing world, as awards are judged by agents, editors and established authors. So we’ll also discuss how to make your work stand out among the sea of submissions. Participants are invited to bring a draft story or two to the session and to read A Private Experience by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie beforehand.
Assistance to writers on low incomes and/or from communities under represented in publishing:
We are offering a free place on each of our online tutorials and Q & A sessions for UK based writers on low incomes and/or from under represented communities in publishing. Writers may apply for a free place on one of the sessions by contacting BPA with a short bio and a summary of their writing career to date.
Please click here to Contact BPA with your application and in the case of writers on low incomes, proof of financial eligibility such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance; Disability Benefit; Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Child Tax Credit; Proof of being a full-time student; Housing benefit; Proof of being a full-time carer.
All details will be kept confidential. Decisions on who receives the free places rest with the BPA team not the tutors.
This is a live session, but we understand that writers live busy lives and you may be away or something may crop up unexpectedly. For many of our sessions, there is the possibility of receiving a recording if you email us in advance explaining the situation.
Please note that the recordings aren’t professionally edited and may not be passed on under any circumstances. Copyright remains with the tutor.