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 the winner of the Guardian’s Not-the-Booker Award. Other books: Couples; Café Assassin; Mr Jolly and Ill Will: The Untold Story of Heathcliff. Walking the Invisible, a hybrid memoir about the Brontës’ lives and landscapes, will be published by HarperCollins in June 2021. He is also the creator of the Brontë Stones project.