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Craft Your Story

Autumn 2024




8 weeks

Max. 8 participants

Coming Autumn 2024. Email us on if you're interested and we'll be in touch as soon as the dates have been finalized.

This 8-part fiction-writing course will not only develop your general writing skills but will explore in depth the potential of the short story genre.The course offers both new and experienced writers an extensive range of creative ideas and activities to help develop their craft.  Course tutor, Colette Victor, offers advice on mastering technique and developing personal style.  


The course introduces students to the steps involved in producing polished works of short fiction: generating ideas through writing exercises, improving work through redrafting, and refining work through copy-editing. Students will receive critical feedback on their own work and develop skills in critiquing the work of their peers.


Each session takes a look at one of the key aspects of the form, such as shape and structure, narrative perspective and characterisation and by the end of the program you should have completed a polished work of short fiction that can be submitted to a short story competition of your choice.

Maximum 8 participants.

Colette Victor

Colette Victor is an award-winning author whose works include Head Over Heart (Chicken House, 2013) and What to do with Lobsters in a place like Klippiesfontein (Cargo Publishing, 2015). In 2018, Colette won the BBC World Service & British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition for her radio play, By God’s Mercy. She was an Imison Award 2020 shortlistee for best original script by a writer new to radio for the same play. She earned her MA degree in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019. She’s an experienced writer of many years and a trained creative writing teacher. Colette has extensive experience in coaching new writers, teaching workshops, organising writers’ retreats and giving constructive criticism.

Colette Victor
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