How you learn
The Online Fiction Workshop is all about your writing. You will upload extracts to our online forum and receive feedback from your group and then your tutor. Each week there’s a live and lively online group discussion. You’ll learn as much from reading and critiquing your peers’ work as you will from getting feedback from other members of your group who you’ll soon see as your first readership.
We will discuss questions of style, genre, plot, presentation, characterisation, structure, etc, but do so in direct response to your work rather than by reference to set texts or any theory of what literature is supposed or not supposed to be. We encourage brainstorming, cross-fertilisation and learning from each other.
Who it's for
Writers with some experience, who have taken an introduction prose fiction course and would like to work on a longer project with the support an experienced tutor.
The Online Fiction Workshop is open to writers of genre and literary fiction, life-writing projects or creative non-fiction. Our whole approach is to recognise what you are trying to do with your writing and help you achieve it. We always keep in mind what stage you are at, whether you are trying to find your story from scratch, or vigorously editing a final draft.
About the tutor
Ashley Stokes is a novelist and short story writer. A long-term editor for The Literary Consultancy, he has taught creative writing at the University of East Anglia, the Open University and Norwich University College of the Arts. His area of expertise is the popular and literary novel and the short story. A graduate of both Oxford University and UEA, Ashley Stokes’ stories have appeared in anthologies and journals since 1997, including Bare Fiction, The Lonely Crowd and The Warwick Review. His first novel, Touching the Starfish was published in 2010 and his first collection, The Syllabus of Errors in 2013, both by Unthank Books.