Creative Writing - Crafting a Short Story-Online Course-Community Learning-10:00-11:30

Online Course, Nottingham

Important update: Bookings will close 7 days before the course starts.

Key details

Date -
Sessions Mondays: 10am - 11:30am
No. sessions 7
Venue Online Course, Nottingham
For ages 19+
Group size 5 - 15
Cost FREE - £23.63

About this course

To enable learners, through exercises, examining published work and the use of discussion and feedback, to create their own short story. 

What will be covered on the course?  What will be taught to learners? 

  • Openings 
  • Character 
  • Setting 
  • Plot development 
  • Character development 
  • Narrative arc 
  • Endings 

What will learners achieve by the end of the course? 

  • Learners should be able to understand what makes up good writing and the different components of a short story. 
  • Learners should be able to take part in discussion and analysis of work and offer peer feedback.  
  • Learners should be able to create a short story. 

Suggested Reading for the course: 

I would suggest that you read at least four books from the list 

  • The Bloody Chamber: Angela Carter 
  • Collected Short Stories: Nadine Gordimer 
  • All the Rage: A.L. Kennedy 
  • Bliss and Other Stories: Katherine Mansfield 
  • Any Jeeves and Wooster collection: P.G. Wodehouse 
  • To Esme With Love and Squalor: J.D. Salinger 
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Raymond Carver 
  • Strange Pilgrims: Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  • The Illustrated Man: Ray Bradbury 
  • The Hanging Garden: Ian Rankin 
  • Collected Stories: Isaac Bashevis Singer 

As this course is online, a suitable device such as laptop, smart phone, tablet or computer will be required to access the course.  Zoom will be used for the live sessions and the link will be sent to you once your enrolment has been completed.

Booking your place and fee information

To secure your place on the course BOTH the following must be done:

  • Complete the EVENTBRITE BOOKING.
  • Complete our INSPIRE ONLINE ENROLMENT FORM for each person attending the course.

You should be redirected to the Inspire Online Enrolment Form after completing the Eventbrite booking.  If you are not redirected, please use the link supplied in the Eventbrite booking confirmation email.


To book and enrol on one of our courses, you must have been living in England and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years.


Some exceptions may apply if you are living in England with evidence of the right to remain and are from an EEU/EEAU country (completion of a questionnaire will be required).


As we no longer receive funding for our ESFA-funded courses for learners living in the devolved areas listed below, full cost fees would apply to these courses if you live in these areas:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Greater London, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England.


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