The Art of the Short Story with Philip Langeskov

Date: 05/07/2014 Times: 10am-4pm Prices: £60/£50 conc Location: Writers' Centre Norwich

Master the art of the short story with this workshop led by Philip Langeskov.

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Are your short stories missing a special something?

Or just not hanging together quite right?

Get back to basics, build up your writing and receive valuable feedback on your prose with this workshop from short story writer and Lighthouse Fiction Editor Philip Langeskov.

About the Short Story Workshop

With particular reference to structure - and having been sent some reading in advance – you’ll spend the day, critiquing, debating and creating, and the workshop will finish with a kernel of a new short story which Philip Langeskov will give written feedback on.  

You’ll begin by responding to Ali Smith’s True Short Story and discussing the thorny question of what a short story might be. You’ll examine ways of hooking your readers’ interest by analysing a poem by C.K. Williams, and then use a writing exercise to start off your own short story. Later, you’ll be given the chance to read the opening of your story to your fellow participants, and benefit from their, and Philip’s, feedback.

The afternoon session will be split into two halves, with the first looking at the middle of the short story, and how it propels the reader from the beginning to the end. You’ll start work on the middle of your story, after looking at Chekhov’s The Lady with the Dog. Finally, you’ll work on the ending of your short story, using Joyce’s The Dead and Denis Johnson’s Two Men as starting points.

After the workshop you will be invited to send your short story to Philip, and he will respond with an invaluable written critique.

Book your place now to refresh your short story writing.

This workshop is a taster day for Philip’s autumn weekend course- sign up for our e-news to find out more.

About Philip Langeskov

Philip Langeskov is a short story expert whose writing has appeared in Five Dials, The Best British Short Stories 2011 and The Decadent Handbook amongst others. Barcelona, a new a story, has just been published by Daunt Books. He is a tutor at the University of East Anglia and is Fiction Editor of literary journal Lighthouse. He has read work for BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.   

Visit Philip’s page on New Writing.

Follow Philip on Twitter @langeskov


This workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced level writers, particularly those with experience of writing prose, looking to explore the form of short story.

Intermediate- A practised writer who has taken part in creative writing classes, and who would like to refine their writing and move on to the next level.

Advanced- An experienced writer, perhaps with a history of publication or previous academic experience of writing, who wants to work towards professional publication.

Payment is non-refundable on this workshop unless it is cancelled. 

About the Venue

This workshop will take place in the workshop room situated on the ground floor of the Writers’ Centre Norwich office, on 14 Princes Street. 

The room provides an ideal environment for creative thinking and learning with plenty of space and natural light. We also provide a range of teas, good strong coffee and the vital ingredient: biscuits.

14 Princes Street is fully accessible. Please let us know if you have any access or other special requirements by calling 01603 877177 or email: 

Getting to
Writers’ Centre Norwich

Writers’ Centre Norwich is located in the mediaeval quarter of Norwich City Centre. It is a fifteen minute walk from Norwich Train Station and a ten minute walk from Castle Meadow. There is parking available at the nearby Elm Hill car park and St Andrews car park both of which are a short walk away.

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