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Three Stories in Summer: An Online Fiction Workshop (Sundays)

Three Stories in Summer: An Online Fiction Workshop (Sundays)


Three fortnightly workshops in July and August to create stories inspired by the heat, the pace, and the adventure of summer. 

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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 July and August on Zoom. Write, share work and connect with other writers from around the world.

Some aspects of summer stories we look at:

  • Story 1 (26 July): Heat and Water. Layers of conflict in fiction.
  • Story 2 (9 August): Escape & Return. Alienation and transformation in fiction.
  • Story 3 (23 August): Light. A painterly approach to fiction writing.

You'll be encouraged to keep developing your stories between sessions, and use the accountability a small group of writers provides to complete a first draft of three short stories.

All participants 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: 26 July, 9 August, 23 August

Place: Zoom

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 ThingsA 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. 

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” Rachel Carson