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Online Short Story Writing Course with Sarah Hall

Join awarding-winning writer, Sarah Hall, for her online short story course this winter. A 2-hour session every Wednesday for 6 weeks.

05 Jan 2022 - 09 Feb 2022

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Event Overview

Sarah Hall is one the leading short story writers at work today – the only author to have been shortlisted four times for the BBC National Short Story Award and to have won it twice. She has published three award-winning collections. 

This winter, in her role as professor of practice at the University of Cumbria, she will host an exclusive online short story writing course, one of few specialist courses in the U.K. It will offer participants the chance to explore the craft of short story writing, and to apply these principles and skills to their own work.  

Sarah is an experienced teacher known for her clarity, inclusiveness, inspiration and motivation. 

Short stories are notoriously difficult to write and incredibly satisfying when they work: the best are small refractive worlds, somehow bigger, more meaningful and potent than the sum of their parts. They require acute language, brevity of evocation and immediate atmosphere. Focussing on landscape, sensuality, character, drama, narrative and the subversive, Sarah will discuss ways of creating these virtual literary miniatures.

Participants will be encouraged to complete the draft of a story while on the course, as well as being given tips on more general fiction writing and editing. The classes are general and there will be no individual assessments, feedback, or private tutorials. 

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"Sarah Hall is not only one of the UK's most accomplished writers. She is also a generous teacher and a dedicated, intelligent reader. Her masterclass was the highlight of my recent writer's retreat, introducing me to new ways of writing and giving me fresh perspective on more familiar prose. As a writer it left me inspired and energised."

Kathleen McCaul, Author, UEA/Chase doctorate