Presenter: Alma Alexander
Sunday 14 August, 1pm – 3pm
Some people may believe that short stories are a ‘training’ process from which a writer is supposed to be able to graduate to longer works in time – but a short story is not just practice for your eventual novel. It is so much more than that. A short story is a vivid and visceral piece of word art, where you learn that every word matters and is essential in its place – you learn to be concise while being lyrical, precise while keeping the big picture in mind, all within very strictly defined parameters. A masterful short story leaves a reader blown away, and is difficult to forget. From the basic craft of creating a short story (setting, context, character, pace) to ways of marketing them, this course is a short overview of the process – a road map to creating your own perfectly polished tale.