Three Stories in Autumn: An Online Fiction Workshop (Wednesdays)
Three fortnightly workshops in October and November to create stories about change in character and nature, and the festive gatherings that are part of the autumn months.
"At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds..." Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Cézanne
In these practical workshops, we'll work towards a first draft of three of your own short stories. The workshops take place every two weeks in October and November on Zoom. Write, share work and connect with other writers from around the world.
Some aspects of autumn stories that we'll look at:
- Story 1 (7 Oct): The Bonfire: How do you Make a Story? The layers of a single short story.
- Story 2 (21 Oct): The Woods: How Long is a Story? Time and distance in the short story.
- Story 3 (4 Nov): The Gathering: Who Knows What? All fiction depends on secret and lies.
Autumn is a time for stories, whether around a bonfire or at a family Halloween, Diwali or Rosh Hashanah gathering. In autumn we prepare for the cold hard truth of winter, we witness nature doing what it needs to do to survive. Autumn is a time to plump up with pies and marshmallow hot chocolate. In autumn, like in nature, there are things we can let go of.
In this series of three workshops, you'll be encouraged to keep developing your stories between sessions, and use the accountability a small group of writers to complete a first draft of three short stories. All writers on the course will be invited to share their stories on the workshop's private blog.
Through writing exercises and discussion, we'll explore what it takes to create multi-layered stories with a strong and unique voice. The series of workshops is devised to suit writers of all levels who are willing to try out new ways of writing and thinking about writing. We'll look closely at other stories, but the focus will be very much on your own writing – in the workshops themselves and between sessions.
Three Sundays: 7 & 21 October, 4 November
Time: 5-7.30pm CET, click here for the corresponding start time where you are.
Full fee: £110 / Reduced fee: £90
limited to 12 participants
About the tutor: Shaun Levin is the author of Seven Sweet Things, A Year of Two Summers, and Snapshots of The Boy, amongst other books. His short stories have been anthologised alongside such writers as Nadine Gordimer, Ali Smith, and Edmund White. He edits The A3 Review and is the creator of Writing Maps. Shaun has been teaching creative writing for over twenty years, and is the author of The Writing Notebooks, a series of guides for writers taking on book-length projects.
"Day by day, and taking its time, the summer ended. The noises in the street began to change, diminish, voices became fewer, the music sparse. Daily, blocks and blocks of children were spirited away. Grownups retreated from the streets, into the houses. Adolescents moved from the sidewalk to the stoop to the hallway to the stairs, and rooftops were abandoned." James Baldwin, Just Above My Head