The short story predates the literary tradition, growing instead out of an oral one. Its antecedents are the fable, the anecdote and the folk tale. The contemporary literary short story, on the other hand, is a much younger form with its own unique challenges.

This workshop will help you tackle those challenges, looking at structure, viewpoint and character and how they are connected, as well as turning to the marketplace to see where the opportunities now lie for short story writers.

Award-winning writer Michael Stewart started his literary life as a scriptwriter but has been composing short stories for over ten years, recently completing ‘Mr Jolly’, a new collection of short fiction. Join him to learn about the art, craft and business of the form.

About The Author

Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart’s debut novel, King Crow, was published by Bluemoose Books in 2011. It is the winner of the Guardian’s Not-the-Booker Award. His other books include: Couples, Café Assassin and a short story collection, Mr Jolly. His latest novel, Ill Will: The Untold Story of Heathcliff, is published by HarperCollins.