An Approach to Creative Writing  Short Courses

This course will explore how to find inspiration and how to make your writing lively and engaging. Students learn the key elements of fiction writing, particularly in relation to short stories and novels. Subjects covered include structure, characterisation, dialogue, point of view, narrative voice, style and how to develop, sustain and end a story. Students also learn how to sustain their practice as a writer and how to revise and edit their own work.

Due to popular demand, please note the same course will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In other words, you do not need to register for both nights, just pick your preferred day of the week.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 12 January 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £255.00 CS1201 Apply Now
Thursday 14 January 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £255.00 CS1201 Apply Now
Tuesday 26 April 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £255.00 CS1201 Apply Now
Thursday 28 April 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £255.00 CS1201 Apply Now

Tutor Info

Tuesday: Cherry Potts is the author of two collections of short stories, Mosaic of Air and Tales Told Before Cockcrow. She owns Arachne Press, and is the editor of four short story anthologies including Award Winning Weird Lies, and a poetry anthology. She runs South London live literature event, The Story Sessions, and writes reviews for The Short Review. She is currently gearing up to curate a one day literature and music festival at the winter solstice.

Thursday: Amy Prior has an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths (University of London), as well as a BA in Cinema (University of London). She currently mainly works across short fiction and life writing. She is a visiting lecturer/tutor on creative writing programmes at universities and arts institutions. She has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining numerous writing awards, and has been published in both book-form and anthologies - as well as commissioning collections of short fiction for independent and major presses. She sometimes works with institutions - such as major galleries, museums and bookshops - in relation to public writing programmes, book fairs and publications, occasionally on an international basis.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

  • How to find inspiration for your writing;
  • How to structure, develop and end a story;
  • How to create characters, write convincing dialogue and use different narrative voices and points of view;
  • How to ensure your writing is lucid and vivid;
  • How to assess, revise and edit your work.

Teaching and Assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended Reading


Bird by Bird, Anne Lammot, Anchor 2007

Steering the Craft, Ursula Le Guin, Eighth Mountain Press 1999


Students should buy according to interest, though some photocopies of these and additional texts will also be provided:


The Art Of Writing Fiction, Andrew Cowan (Routledge, 2011)

On Writing Short Stories, Tom Bailey (OUP, 1999)

Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews Series Editor: George Plimpton - various themes, publishers and years


The Art Of The Story: An International Collection. Edited By Daniel Halpern. (Penguin Books, 2001)

The New Penguin Book Of American Short Stories. Edited by Kasia Boddy (OUP, 2012)


The Creative Writing Workbook, John Singleton (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001)

Application Deadline: