Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.
To help more experienced writers move ongoing work towards a publishable standard.
This is an advanced fiction-writing short course designed to help experienced writers take their ongoing work to the next level, towards a publishable standard.
You will learn the construction of a sustained piece of fiction, edit and draft your work based on the feedback from the tutor and the group, and understand how to prepare your work for publication. Over the course of ten weeks, each student will submit three pieces of fiction (novel chapters or short stories) of 2000-5000 words each, up to a total of 15,000 words, including a novel synopsis/short story collection pitch (optional) and covering letter to an agent or publisher.
The size of the Writers’ Workshop classes is restricted to 12 students, so early booking is advised. For anyone interested in applying to The Novel Studio, Writers' Workshop is excellent preparation.
This is an advanced fiction-writing short course designed to help experienced writers move ongoing work towards a publishable standard.
The generous length of each fiction submission (three submissions of up to 5000 words each, up to a total of 15,000 words) is, we believe, unique among courses at this level.
If you’re writing or have written a short story collection or novel, and want to make the best impression when submitting it to publishers and agents, this is an ideal place to start.
Equally, if your aim is simply to develop your writing in a disciplined and constructive workshop environment, this course is for you.
Students' fiction (chapters from novels or short stories) will be circulated to fellow students and tutor and then constructively critiqued within the group.
You may also submit and workshop a synopsis of your novel; write an author biog and covering letter to send to agents and publishers; and will select a topic for proposed discussion in class (e.g. pace, multiple viewpoints).
“ I've really enjoyed the course I've attended. The writer's workshop is really well run and has good scope for developing a writer's craft. Katy is great and her flexible yet knowledgeable approach is perfect for budding writers. ”
“ This is such a great motivational tool, I've written so much over the 10 weeks - the first 3 chapters of my novel. ”
“ I was taken seriously as someone who wants to write. I learnt a lot and received detailed feedback on my writing. My level of confidence has increased as a result of this course ”
“ I thought the course was brilliant. Got tons done and left with tons of food for thought. Useful feedback, good discussion, and an excellent teacher. ”
“ It was such a pleasure to be taught by someone so committed and able to break down structure and prose in a safe, supportive and enjoyable atmosphere. It's one thing being a writer and another to facilitate and teach and Katy Darby does both remarkably well! ”
Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes on the Writers' Workshop short course, you will learn to:
The generous length of each fiction submission (up to 5000 words) is, we believe, unique among courses at this level.
Students’ fiction will be circulated in advance and then constructively critiqued within the group.
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 novel The Unpierced Heart is published by Penguin. She has a BA in English from Oxford University and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, where she received the David Higham Award. Her latest stories are available in the anthologies Five by Five and An Outbreak of Peace.
She’s a former editor of short story magazine Litro, and is co-founder and director of the award-winning, internationally franchised live fiction event Liars' League (www.liarsleague.com). Katy has written for the TLS, and the Brixton Review of Books, co-edited four anthologies of short stories with Cherry Potts of Arachne Press, and recently judged the Cambridge Short Story Prize and the International Willesden Herald Story Prize.