Online Course

Fiction Essentials with Mark McNay

Mark McNay
Course starts 30 April
12 weeks
£405 with early bird discount - save 10%

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This 12-week course is designed for people who have little or no experience of writing short fiction. It is also for those who have written some short fiction and who would like the guidance of an experienced writer to develop their craft.

Learn how to:

  • generate and develop ideas
  • use your memory and imagination in developing your story
  • weave your observations and sensory perceptions into your writing
  • create vivid characters
  • structure a plot
  • grasp the essentials of writing authentic dialogue
  • describe setting and place
  • begin the process of negotiating characterisation within plot
  • read like a writer

Booking deadline: Monday 23 April 2018

Early bird discount: Save 10% if you book before 21 March 2018

About Mark McNay

Mark McNay was brought up in a mining village in central Scotland. He read literature at UEA and there discovered a talent and love for writing. His first novel, Fresh, won the Arts Foundation New Fiction Award 2007 and the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. His second novel, Under Control, was shortlisted for the Aye Write award in 2009. Mark’s short fiction has been long listed for various prizes, and has been broadcast on Radio 4. Mark has taught writing at UEA and Anglia Ruskin University.

"The course leads very well through the intricacies of idea creation and the stages of writing. Mark gives very good constructive feedback."

Read Mark’s course outline

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