InstructorTom Vowler
TypeOnline Course
DateApr 28, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019
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An 8-week online short story course

  • Starts 28th April 2019
  • Explore the elements of successful short fiction with prize-winning writer and experienced editor, Tom Vowler
  • A friendly and relaxed course to unravel (some of) the mysteries of this demanding form
  • Discover how great stories are crafted
  • Join lively discussions about writing with your tutor and other students

The Short Story Masterclass is an online course designed for those with a passion for storytelling. We examine what brings a story to life, what gives it traction and vitality.

“I found the course really enlightening in regards to stepping up a notch with writing stories seriously. The resources have been invaluable, as has the feedback and contact with the other members of the group.”   Jayne Sanders, student

Who’s it for?

The masterclass is an intermediary-level course (the equivalent of a university Level 2 undergraduate unit). This course is open to anyone who is writing (or wants to write) stories, and is intended to offer constructive and practical advice on how to produce work that is likely to be accepted for publication. No previous experience writing stories is necessary, just a passion for storytelling.

How will I learn?

This online course consists of a single easy to navigate online teaching module, comprising:

  • a discussion forum
  • detailed lessons
  • required reading
  • extras (hints and tips)
  • short writing tasks
  • more detailed critical and creative exercises

How long is it for?

The course lasts for eight weeks, and you should allow around 3 – 5 hours per week to complete it, although more if possible.

Course content

  • A brief history of the short story
  • What makes stories come to life, and how to build them
  • Character, voice, narrative tension and dialogue
  • Obliquity, subtext, structure and space
  • Giving your stories authority
  • Less is more: the art of editing
  • Writing prizewinning stories

 “Masterclass is an exceptional course which has seen me writing seriously again. Regular deadlines, top-quality teaching and peer critique provided a doorway back into the discipline of writing fiction with passion and a sense of taking risks. Tutor feedback was outstanding: incisive and well-considered with that very rarely found sentence-level  analysis, which opened up my story’s potential, and really pushed the writing on.” Rachael Smart, student

What sort of feedback do I get?

Feedback from your tutor occurs on a weekly basis, and includes specific and general guidance on what you are doing well and how you can improve.

“The masterclass is undeniably one of the best courses I have taken to harness my skill and discipline in writing, as well as gain greater insight in the art of the short story.  I was able to produce two stories during the course, with quality feedback from the editors.”   Marcelle Mateki Akita, student

Booking your place

Booking a place on the ‘Short Story Masterclass’ is easy. To sign up, click ‘Book Your Place’ and follow the instructions on the next screen. Your payment will be processed securely via PayPal.

After creating an account, you will be contacted by your new Unthank tutor to welcome you to the course and provide a link to Unthank School’s virtual learning environment.