Short & Sweet – Mastering Short Stories – With Wendy Erskine

Sat, 19 November 2022
10am – 1pm
£40 (£32 Concessions)

Short & Sweet – Mastering Short Stories

Join award-winning short story writer, Wendy Erskine for an exclusive masterclass on the art of writing short stories.

Writing short stories can sometimes seem daunting: so many rules, so many precepts! Has any other literary form attracted so much theorising – much of it unhelpful to those actually trying to write? While it is undoubtedly a challenging form, it is also an infinitely flexible and exciting one. Most of all, it is important for you to make your story work on its own terms.  We will look at the wide range of choices that are available to you in terms of subject and narrative choices, temporal structures and characters, dialogue and endings. We should have a rigorous but fun time. 

Who is this course for?

Most suitable for for intermediate level but open to all.

About the tutor

Wendy Erskine’s two collections of stories, Sweet Home and Dance Move,are published by The Stinging Fly Press and Picador.  She has been longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize, shortlisted for The Republic of Consciousness Prize and the Edge Hill Prize and she won the Butler Literary Prize in 2021. She also writes about art, music and fashion.  She is Seamus Heaney Fellow at Queen’s University and a full-time secondary school teacher.

Bursary places

Limited bursary places are available for those who would struggle to pay the full price for an event, workshop or course with New Writing South. To apply for a bursary please fill out this application form.

We are also offering limited 50% bursaries for this event in light of the cost-of-living crisis. To apply for a 50% bursary, please fill out the 50% bursary application form.