Writing Short Stories: The Sequel

Location Parkside Community College

Day Monday

Start Date 23 April 2018

Time 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Weeks 8 weeks

Price £84 (£55 concession)

Brief Description:

It doesn’t take long to read a short story but it takes great skill to write one. Luckily, the craft involved can be taught and honed. On this course we will be examining the techniques writers employ, and the art of creating fictional worlds to enthral and delight readers. In addition, we will be exploring some of the paradigms widely used by writers today. As this is a course for those with some experience of writing short stories under their belt, it is not suitable for complete beginners.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

Some experience of writing short stories.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course the participants will be able to:

Identify the various short story forms and relate them to genre;
Identify writing goals and ways of working to achieve them;
Give and receive targeted feedback;
Recognise the techniques employed in short story writing;
Identify strengths and areas for improvement in writing skills;
Complete a short story worked on over the length of the course.

About Your Tutor:

Ruth Wade has been a fulltime writer for 20 years. For 10 of those she has been teaching the skills and craft of creative writing. She is also an accredited creativity coach. In her own work she specialises in historical fiction. As a crime novelist writing under the name BK Duncan, she was a finalist in The People’s Book Prize 2016 and for the Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:


For the first session you will need to bring:

Pen/pencil and paper.
Some examples of your previous short story writing would be advantageous (but not essential) in order for you to examine patterns in your work.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Writing Life Stories
Flash Fiction workshop
Next Steps in Creative Writing.


  • For full course information: http://adult-education.parksidefederation.org.uk/
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  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
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  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
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  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*we do not accept American Express), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold, are in receipt of a means tested benefit or who are unemployed. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or learnandtrain@parksidefederation.org.uk. If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
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Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

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Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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