SHORT FICTION MINI MASTERCLASS

A QUICK INTRO TO
BIG LITTLE STORIES

STARTING MONDAY 6 APRIL 2020
START DATE

Monday 6 April 2020

DURATION

14 days

PRICE

FREE!

Want to know what this short fiction thang is all about? Want to know the difference between a flash and a drabble? Want to know how to harness story ideas and turn them into something tangible? Want to discover the secret ingredient to all worthwhile fiction?

This quick ‘n’ dirty little intro to short fiction has all the answers you’re looking for, including:

  • How long is a short story?
  • How can you turn the most mundane anecdote into a story full of intrigue and conflict?
  • How do you drill down to the ‘fundamental human truth’ of a story?
  • How do you redraft and restructure and rework an idea until you find the *right* one?
  • And how do you make characterisation the juicy, emotive centre of a story?

PLUS: stellar short fiction examples and expert advice from authors like Paul McVeigh and Kit de Waal.

It’s a mini short fic overhaul, y’all.

Oh, and it’s FREEEEEE!

Learn the secret that lies at the heart of all short fiction.

Craft a story from start to finish with prompts and advice.

Join our lovely little online community to support you through starting, middling, finishing and beyond.

ALL THE AWESOME-SAUCEOME STUFF YOU GET

  • 14 days of emails containing videos, exercises, advice and resources exploring the juicy innards of the short fiction process
  • Inspiration, whip-cracking, writing exercises and prompts
  • Access to our private forum full of super cool people to help and support you along the way, including Team WHQ, our specially-picked and hand-baked gang of badass writers.

CURRICULUM CURRICULAR CURRICULEEEEE

AKA what we’ll be covering in this course

How long is a short story?

 From anecdote to story: So this one time, at bandcamp…

The nugget of fundamental human truth

Project salvage: tear it down and rebuild

Enter the story

LOVE FOR WRITERS’ HQ

HOW IT WORKS

  • Enrol

    Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and letting you know when the course starts.

  • Read, watch, do

    The lessons are a mix of text, images, videos and exercises. To get the most out of the course, try to give yourself some undisturbed time and space to read or watch the material and do the exercises. We’ve made them as bite-size as possible but also if you wanna do the thing you gotta do the work.

  • No rush

    We’ll send you one email a day for 14 days and you can keep them in your inbox for as long as you like to return to again and again, giving you the opportunity to let your writing develop and percolate.

  • No money? No problem

    This course is FREEEEE!

  • Milk no sugar

    Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwa.

FARQUAR

WHO ARE YOU PLEASE?

We’re Writers’ HQ and you can check out our super groovy modern Internet website here www.writershq.co.uk. We run online creative writing courses and retreats for badass writers with no time or money.

WHAT ARE YOU SIGNING UP FOR?

Short Fiction Mini Masterclass is 7 days of of writing tips and prompts, inspirational bollocks, and literary swearing, all delivered to your inbox.

Start on 6 April, join our lovely little community, and GET WRITING.

You could see out the month with a writing habit to make Barbara Cartland weep and productivity to make Stephen King fall on his knees in adulation.

Just wang your email address in the thingy and we’ll send you all the goodies.

And yes, it’s free, FREEEEE! (But obviously we’re gonna try to sell you stuff in the emails. You can ignore that stuff. We don’t care. We don’t. It’s fine. WE SAID IT’S FINE.)

I DON’T LIKE GIN, SWEARING, OR JOKES FORGED FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE INTERNET

Yeah no we’re probably not for you then. Our approach isn’t for everyone (your first clue is in our logo). We swear more than is ‘ladylike’ and use gifs when we could use our words. But, eh, fuck it. We don’t believe that linguistic purity or literary snobbery does anyone any favours. If we’re not a match for you, thanks for giving us a go and good luck with your writing – we wish you every success. But if, like us, you’ve never found your rightful place in the writing world and think WHQ could be just the ticket – welcome home, come in, grab a cuppa, we’ve been waiting for you (in a totally non sinister way ofc).

GDPR PLEASE NOTE GDPR WOOP WOOP GDPR

You are also being signed up for our regular newsletter*. You can unsubscribe at any time using the unsub button at the bottom of each email. What’s in the newsletter? All kinds of wonderous things, including but not limited to: special offers, the latest super cool blogs, John-Williams-score-rousing pep, gifs, the occasional haiku, and a reasonable quantity of swearing.

*we’re not being cynical list-building twats, we genuinely can’t operate our newsletter software well enough to stop it happening.

WHERE ARE THE T&Cs THAT I’LL NEVER READ?

They’re here. We store your data in a handful of places – Mailchimp primarily, and if you sign up to our courses then we use Zapier and Thinkific. All are GDPR compliant. You can unsubscribe at any time.

ALSO TOO AS WELL

We swear a lot. It’s just who we are as people. If you don’t like swearing, please don’t sign up and then email us with how offended you are because that’s a silly waste of everyone’s time. OKAY THANKS FOR THE CHAT.

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