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WRITING WORKSHOP WITH PAUL McVEIGH

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That Killer First Page

You’ll find out what competition judges and journal editors look for in a short story and how to avoid the rejection pile. In a form where every word counts, get tips on where to start your story and how to keep the reader glued to the page. You’ll also look at submission opportunities; how to find them and where you should be sending your stories.

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How to get the attention of competition judges and editors
Writing fiction with emotional impact
Writing that killer first page
How to edit your story
Where to send your work

Paul McVeigh’s short fiction has appeared in journals, anthologies and on BBC Radio 3,4 & 5. Paul’s short story blog which shares writing opportunities and advice is about to reach 2 million visits. His debut novel has won 2 awards in the UK. He is the co-founder of London Short Story Festival, associate director at Word Factory the UK’s national organisation for excellence in the short story and he judges international short story competitions. Paul interviews short story writers like Cate Kennedy and George Saunders for The Irish Times and has represented the short story form for the British Council in Mexico and Turkey.

Reviews for Paul's writing:

“A work of genius.” Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer Robert Olen Butler.

“A wildly important new talent.” Laura van den Berg.

“One of Ireland’s most exciting and talented writers.” BBC Radio 4
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