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The ideal course for those looking to learn the fundamentals of writing an engaging and creative short story.
This short story course enables both new and experienced writers to gain confidence in exploring and developing their creativity through short story writing, reading and group discussion.
Whether you wish to write professionally or as a hobby, you will learn the skills and techniques required to write a successful short story and develop it throughout the course.
Led by an experienced published writer, you will not only learn the fundamental elements of a good short story, but also how to prepare short stories for publication. The course will also provide you with publishing ideas and resources for continuing your writing after the course is finished.
The course is delivered over 10 weeks in our central London location and is ideal for anyone looking for expert and inspiring tuition combined with maximum flexibility.
You will learn how to write short stories for pleasure or professionally and you will develop your understanding of short story elements, such as character, dialogue, structure, plot, and setting.
Throughout the Short Story Writing course, you will develop your writing skills through in-class writing activities and professional feedback on your writing. You will also critique the work of important contemporary short story writers.
By the end of the course, you will produce a complete short story.
“ A really brilliant experience. I thought my college days were over, but Katy and her course have opened my eyes to education again. ”
“ An inspirational journey ... I have been so inspired that I have actually completed three short stories since the start of the programme. ”
“ I am surprised at how quickly these classes helped me overcome my personal 'block' with fiction writing. Through a series of simple, sequential exercises, Katy guided us through the principles of short story writing – from opening lines to characterisation – and class discussions were always open and insightful. Overall, a really great course, which I hope to follow with other workshops here. ”
“ This is a fantastic course that I would highly recommend. The course is really well structured for those wishing to learn more about short story writing and Katy is an excellent tutor. ”
“ by far the best writing course I have ever taken. As a result of the course, I have completed a short story that I am proud of, and am planning to send it off to some competitions or magazines in the coming weeks. I have also met a really nice, interesting and talented group of people, several of whom have become friends. ”
“ The tutor was incredibly supportive, encouraging and creative. ”
“ Excellent tutor. Enjoyable, informative and well- structured course ”
“ In 2013, I signed up for a creative writing course at City, taught by the novelist Katy Darby, and a new world opened up. The course, on short stories, gave me a grasp of the basics of the craft (voice, point of view, narrative arcs, dialogue) and spurred me to write and experiment with different styles and form. I found that creative writing is a way to permit me to observe what happens around me in a completely different way: the gestures of passersby, the fragments of speech, the mannerisms of colleagues, the details of lives, can all be collected, stored, stitched into stories. ”
“ Excellent teacher! ”
“ The course was brilliantly set out and run expertly. Katy Darby is an excellent tutor. I have been very impressed with her ability to provide the perfect balance of challenge and encouragement. She brings an energy and passion to the class that is infectious, and she provides such valuable feedback on students' work, on top of all the information she passes on as part of the course. I would thoroughly recommend her as a tutor. ”
Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes on the Short Story Writing course, you will learn:
Short story writing applicants must have a passion for writing and reading, and an ability to meet deadlines. You will need to submit one short story to the tutor by the end of the course.
Fluent written and spoken English.
You will be assessed by three criteria:
Throughout the course, you will receive ongoing feedback from both your tutor and your peers.
Katy Darby's short stories have been read on BBC Radio 4 and 4Extra, published in magazines including Slice, Mslexia and The London Magazine, and won prizes in several international fiction competitions. Her historical novelThe Whores' Asylum is published by Penguin (the paperback title is The Unpierced Heart). She has a BA in English from Oxford University and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, where she received the David Higham Award.
Katy has co-edited three anthologies of short stories with Cherry Potts of Arachne Press, and recently judged the International Willesden Herald Story Prize.