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What's in a Story - Study at home E-writing course

This is a ten session creative writing course which guides participants through the process of creative narrative fiction works with focus on plot and story, characterisation, structuring stories, writing effective dialogue, crafting descriptions through ‘showing not telling’, editing work and preparing work for submission to competitions and publications. Participants learn through a mixture of reading examples of the short story format, drawing on their own previous reading and carrying out practical writing activities and exercises. While the course is specifically tailored to the short story format all the material is applicable to and suitable for writers wanting to start a novel/novella as well.

The course has been developed from a ten week, classroom based course designed and delivered by Tracey. This online version allows writers to work at their own pace by providing participants with the resources for all ten sessions up front. Writers may then either work through one session per week, take longer over each session or work intensively through all ten sessions as quickly as they want. Each session pack includes handouts explaining key ideas relating to the session topic, examples to read and further suggested reading plus writing exercises and tasks that give writers a practical focus for their creativity.

As well as providing the sessions packs, the course fee also includes the appraisal of up to 25 pages (double line spaced) of prose. This could be one appraisal of a long short story or novel extract or could be multiple appraisals of a work in progress following redrafts. The appraisal must be taken up within six months of payment for the course.

The fee for ‘What’s in a Story’ is £50. This includes ten session packs and the appraisal as outlined above. The session packs will be emailed to writers as a zipped folder once payment is received. Writers will need a PDF reader to access the documents. Session packs can be posted worldwide as hard copies for a further £10 plus p&p costs. Students wishing to take this course will need access to an anthology of short stories and it is recommended that they buy either The Best British Short Stories published by Salt (any edition) or Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology published by Bristol Review of Books (any volume).

For more information or to purchase 'What's in a Story' contact Tracey through the contacts page.

Workshops, Master Classes and Writer-in-Residence

As a fully qualified teacher with ten years of classroom experience working with both young people and adults, plus extensive experience of running creative writing courses and groups Tracey is pleased to be able to offer her services to schools, colleges, community groups, writers' circles and literary festivals as a workshop facilitator, guest speaker or writer in residence. Sessions can be provided in a number of writing genres or areas from something as specific as how to write dialogue for a screen play to something more general like short story writing. If you think your writing group could benefit from Tracey's input please contact her to discuss the range of services she can provide.

For more details contact Tracey to discuss the possibilities.

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