Start Writing Fiction – fully booked!
The course is the perfect introduction to writing fiction for new writers and anyone wanting to write more regularly. Over 12 weeks of inspirational teaching, exercises and assignments you will receive personalised feedback on your work and learn how to write short stories.
Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high-quality experience. Book quickly to secure your place.
This course is designed for writers aged 18+. If you’re looking for courses suitable for younger writers, check out these online workshops!
Special offer: All creative writing online courses include a free 12-week digital subscription to Granta Magazine!
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What the course covers
- Getting started – explore exercises to release your creativity and meet your fellow students.
- Character – getting to know your characters inside-out and how to write credible dialogue.
- Finding the story – how finding the right structure can make even the simplest story engaging.
- Whose story is it, and who is telling it? – how does your story change depending on the point of view?
- Making it better – redrafting and self-editing and how to take and provide constructive criticism.
- Beginnings and endings – how to hook a reader and subvert expectations.
By the end of the course you will:
- Be familiar with the basic elements of a short story
- Have examined some published short stories in detail
- Write a complete short story, using what you have learnt about the workings of fiction
- Know how to give and receive useful, precise feedback and revise and improve your work
- Know how to keep your own writer’s notebook and generate new ideas
About the tutors
Megan Bradbury is a novelist and creative writing tutor based in Norwich. Her first novel, Everyone is Watching, was published by Picador in 2016. Described as a ‘beating heart of a novel’ by Ali Smith, and ‘one of the best debuts I’ve read in years’ by Eimear McBride, the book was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and Not the Booker Prize, and was chosen as one of the Guardian’s Best Books of 2016.
Bradbury’s short fiction has been published in Ambit, The Mechanics’ Institute Review and Pen & Inc Press, and she has written for The Irish Times and the Eastern Daily Press. She is also an experienced artistic collaborator and has worked on commissioned projects with acclaimed artists from across the world. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and she has been the recipient of a Charles Pick Fellowship, an Escalator Award, two writing awards from Arts Council England and one from the Authors’ Foundation.
She has over fifteen years’ experience as an editorial reader, mentor and tutor, working with organisations including the National Centre for Writing, Curtis Brown Creative, the Ruppin Agency, Hamish Hamilton, William Morris Endeavor, The Literary Consultancy, The Hilary Johnson Authors’ Advisory Service, Toast, and Birkbeck University. She also has over ten years’ experience as a bookseller.
Lynne Bryan is the author of a short story collection, Envy At The Cheese Handout (published by Faber & Faber), and the novels Gorgeous and Like Rabbits (Sceptre). She has co-edited six anthologies of short prose, and her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and her story – ‘A Regular Thing’ – was made into an award-winning Danish short film. Her memoir Iron Man will be published by Salt in April 2021. Lynne has taught creative writing for the Arvon Foundation, Norwich University of the Arts and the University of East Anglia amongst others, and she has critiqued scripts for The Literary Consultancy. She was the co-ordinator of UEA’s summer school for teachers who teach creative writing and, for many years, helped run Words And Women, a literary organisation which supported women writers in the East of England.
How it works
All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can find out more about the requirements here.
The course is divided into six modules, each of which introduces an aspect of the craft of writing fiction. Your knowledge will be developed through writing exercises, the analysis of samples of writing and discussion with your tutor and fellow students.
The modules are posted fortnightly. Every two weeks you will submit an assignment to your tutor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice.
Module assignments are between 500 and 1,000 words. Your tutor will give you written feedback on every assignment you submit, but only the third and final assignments will be assessed for your Certificate of Completion.
This is a practical and engaging course with direct, expert tutor feedback.
Designed by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.