In this all-day short story workshop you’ll find out how to write that crucial opening and understand why it’s essential to the success of your story. After many examples, discussions and exercises, you’ll write an opening and get tips on staying focused on your story and how to make your sentences work for you on multiple levels.
You will also find out what competition judges and journal editors look for in a short story and how to avoid the rejection pile when you send your work out. You’ll also look at submission opportunities; how to find them and where you should be sending your stories.
The course is led by Paul McVeigh, co-founder of London Short Story Festival and Associate Director at Word Factory. He is the judge of national and international short story competitions including, this year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Prize and the Edge Hill Prize. He is the current fiction editor of Southword Literary Journal.
This class is open to writers of all levels and experience.