Intensive Short Story Workshop (Improvers)

The next course date for Intensive Short Story Workshop (Improvers)  Sunday, November 30th, 9.30am- 1.30pm

Course Venue St Peter’s Centre, (Turn at Coach Inn), Dublin Road, Bray (Upstairs in Centre.)


Course Outline

The aim of this faced paced very hands on workshop is to clarify, develop and practice the key elements of good short story writing.

Topics Covered: How to make the story travel. Solid characterisation. How to make the reader care and believe. Using the narrative power of language and structure. Good dialogue. Point of view.

Workshop Format: We will use several interactive exercises on the day as well as workshopping one of your already existing short stories.

Note: Ideally, to get the most out of the course you will submit a short story/first draft of no more than 2000 words a week before the course for me to identify key examples in your work.

Places very limited on this course. It will be run again in Jan/Feb.

Course Fee: 45 euro


Booking and Payment

To Book Fill in the Form Below or email alison at brierwell dot com. You will be then contacted re confirmation and payment. Payment – Ideally through Paypal in advance of the course to alison at brierwell dot com. If you are unable to pay through PayPal other arrangements can be made.


Tutor: As a psychology and communications graduate and over the course of several years writing I’ve developed a great interest in the techniques and psychology of motivation and creativity. As a mother of four I have personal experience of juggling a busy life with creative writing. I’ve had stories published in literary journals and anthologies in Ireland (Crannóg, The Stinging Fly, New Planet Cabaret etc) and abroad (Two National Flash Fiction anthologies in UK, Deck the Halls and Eighty Nine in Australia, Literary Orphans in Chicago, and online Metazen, The View From Here etc) and been nominated for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Prize and shortlisted for the Bridport and Fish and other prizes.

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