news and events
**UPCOMING COURSE KLAXON - JUNE 2016**
This summer I will be leading a course on short stories for champion of the form, Comma Press. This is a practical, creative affair - not a theoretical exercise (although we will be studying a range of examples from the rich world of short fiction). We will meet one evening a month in Manchester from June, for discussion, practical work, and editorial feedback, and by the end of the six sessions each person will have completed three solid short stories. I have no genre affiliations - it's open to all, and the techniques we will cover are applicable across styles and genre. Find out more on Comma's website...and if you're thinking about joining us, please book soon as places are very limited!
Short Story Day - Dec 2015
I had the honour of spending Short Story Day this past December with some of my favorite short fiction writers. Dr Michael Stuart hosted us at Huddersfield University, where we we talked form, content, images, plots, and some of the founders of this unique form, as well as reading from our own work. The day featured Claire Dean, Stuart Evers, and my personal short story god David Constantine.
You can read the transcript of the panel discussion - from fairytales to finance - by following the link on the Huddersfield Uni page here.
WordPlay Community Arts
I'm thrilled to be able to announce the launch of a new participatory arts organisation that I've founded with my collaborator Harriet Morgan-Shami.
WordPlay has grown from work we've done in East Salford over the last seven years, and we will continue to root our work there, as well as taking some of the projects to the wider Greater Manchester area.
WordPlay uses creative writing and related arts (like digital storytelling, spoken word, artist books and life writing) to support attachment and wellbeing. We are especially focused on working with vulnerable and marginalised people, as this is the backbone of our previous work together.
You can follow WordPlay on facebook and twitter, and find out more on our website at www.wpca.co.uk
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