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Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

How to write a short story in a day

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How to write a short story in a day   more info Jun 7, 2019 £249.00 £7.80
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Find out what makes a great short story and write one from scratch at this intensive workshop with acclaimed author Alba Arikha.

Do you have a great idea for a short story? Give it a go at this unique masterclass with critically acclaimed author Alba Arikha. In the space of just one day, you’ll develop your voice, hone your writing skills and construct a compelling storyline.

Alba will talk you through various elements of a story, such as narrative tension, point of view and character development. You’ll take part in practical exercises to develop your technique and have the opportunity to receive feedback on your work.

By the end of the day, you’ll have finished a story of at least 500 words in length – and have the skills and confidence to continue your writing journey after the class.


  • The key elements of a great short story
  • Writing techniques that can be put into practice instantly
  • How to find your voice as a writer and use writing prompts to develop your skills
  • Creating a storyline from scratch
  • Character development
  • Choosing the point of view that’s right for your story
  • Building narrative tension, mood and pace
  • Story resolution
  • Examples of great short stories – and what makes them work
  • Practical writing session: write your own short story during the class (at least 500 words in length)
  • Q&A

Tutor profile 

Alba Arikha is an author of fiction and non-fiction, including Walking on Ice, Muse and Major/Minor, a memoir that was shortlisted for the Spear’s award and chosen as one of the best books of 2012 by the New Yorker. Alba’s narrative poem Soon was developed into opera and performed at the Riverside Studios. Her new novel, Where to Find Me (Alma Books), is out now. She has written for various publications, including the New Republic and Tatler, and is a regular contributor to Spear’s Magazine and Radio 4. She is also a singer-songwriter and has performed in London and Paris.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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