Short Story Success (weekdays) - Nottingham Trent University



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. On this course you will: • undertake 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. 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. Level: Beginner Entry requirement: No experience is required. Where you'll learn: You will be studying creative writing in a UNESCO City of Literature, and be based in the School of Arts and Humanities on the City Campus. You will find modern teaching spaces and quiet study environments to develop your ideas and writing. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing. Here's what our previous attendees said: '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!' 'This course was fantastic, I would have loved for the course to have been longer!' PH 'A brilliant course, I would highly recommend' HR Tutor profile: Megan Taylor is the author of four novels, How We Were Lost, The Dawning, The Lives of Ghosts and We Wait, and a short story collection, The Woman Under the Ground. She's currently working towards a second collection, as well as finishing a fifth novel. Megan also has an MA in Novel Writing with Distinction from Manchester Metropolitan University, and has enjoyed running creative writing workshops for many years. Need accommodation? You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms

What's included in the price?

Two days of quality tuition from an expert tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ