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Literary Event, from 13 Dec 2018

Comma Press Short Story Course with SJ Bradley

Comma Press Short Story Course with SJ Bradley

Details

This course is about the short story …

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop 3 short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, and how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and our courses have a strong history of producing prize-winning short story talent. 

 What you need to be familiar with …

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form. To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work. The course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, sci-fi, or horror – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to all these genres.

 What we won’t cover …

This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 8000 words long, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).

Equipment you’ll need …

Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group. If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense.

About the Tutor …

SJ Bradley is a writer from Leeds. Her short fiction has appeared in various journals and anthologies including _New Willesden Short Stories 7, Queen Mobs, Litro_ magazine, and _Untitled Books_. Her first novel, _Brick Mother_, and her second novel, _Guest_, are both published by Dead Ink Books. She is the editor of the Saboteur Award-winning anthology Remembering Oluwale [http://www.valleypressuk.com/book/71/remembering_oluwale], which is available from Valley Press [http://www.valleypressuk.com/book/71/remembering_oluwale]. Her work as an arts organiser involves the non-profit literary social Fictions of Every Kind (now in its 8th year), The Northern Short Story Festival (now in its 3rd year) and the Walter Swan Short Story Prize [http://www.bigbookend.co.uk/launching-the-walter-swan-short-story-prize-2017-18/].

Attendees must pay for full course - individual course units not available separately.

Six workshops are held over a six month period, on the second Thursday of the month, to enable you to complete writing assignments:

Tickets can be purchased from Becca Parkinson, to register your place please contact her on becca.parkinson@commapress.co.uk

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Carriageworks Theatre has two performance spaces the main auditorium with 300 seats and a studio space with 55 seats as well as 7 conference rooms of various sizes and configurations. The venue is fully accessible including changing places facilities. Please contact Box Office in advance of visit to discuss any accessibility questions.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 13 Dec 2018 18:00 to 20:00
Thu 10 Jan 2019 18:00 to 20:00
Thu 14 Feb 2019 18:00 to 20:00

Prices

£180 for the full course + 2 x £30 fee for single-parent writers, or writers in receipt of a means tested benefit, personal independence payments, or disability living allowance (please contact info@commapress.co.uk or The Carriageworks box office for more information)

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    Address

    3 Millennium Square,
    Leeds,
    West Yorkshire,
    LS2 3AD

    Location

    Directions

    See location of Carriageworks Theatre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 298339  Lat: 53.80096 Long: -1.54806

    By Car:

    From all routes into Leeds follow signs for the city loop. Once on the city loop go past the Town Hall on your left and follow the road round. Take the next left into Rossington Street. The Carriageworks is found on Millenium Square which is a pedestrian area. Parking can be found on Rossington Street or at The Light.

    By Public Transport:

    From Leeds railway station walk up Park Row to The Headrow. Cross over this road and carry straight on. Cross over Great George Street and over to Rossington Street. Follow directions as above.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station

    Facilities

    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Cash PointCash Point
    • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

    Carriageworks Theatre has two performance spaces the main auditorium with 300 seats and a studio space with 55 seats as well as 7 conference rooms of various sizes and configurations. The venue is fully accessible including changing places facilities. Please contact Box Office in advance of visit to discuss any accessibility questions.

    Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

    Parking

    • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
      • Yesis solid
    • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
      • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

    Public Areas

    • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
      • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
      • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
    • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
    • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
    • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
    • YesBaby changing facilities
    • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
    • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

    General

    • YesHearing loop system
    • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
    • YesClear signage
    • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
    • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
    • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
    • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
    • YesAudible alarm system
    • YesVisual alarm system

    Entrance

    • YesEntrance is well lit
    • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

    Food

    • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
    • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
    • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair