• Event Start: 6:00 pm
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Short Story Course: Folklore & Fairytales

Examine why certain stories are so long-lasting, the power of a twist in the tale and create your own subversive modern tales.

Join tutor Liz Hyder for a fun and interactive in-person short story course exploring the joy of fairy tales and folklore. Learn about world-building and character, structure and intent, and how to apply some of the techniques of fairy tales and folklore to your own writing.

You’ll examine just why certain stories are so long-lasting, the power of a twist in the tale, and create your own subversive modern tales, drawing from your own interests and backgrounds.

The workshops will consist of fun writing exercises, useful tips and tricks, in-class discussions, and opportunities to share your creative writing as it develops. Every participant will develop and complete a brand new fairy tale which will be published in a Comma Press ebook. Liz will be on hand to empower and encourage you throughout. All you need to bring is pen and paper and your wild imaginations!

Class dates:

Monday 12th February

Monday 4th March

Monday 1st April

Monday6th May

Monday 3rd June

Monday 1st July



£ 195 plus eventbrite booking fees or £150 if in receipt of benefits/£129 young person aged 18-25 (please email to be invoiced direct if you want to avoid booking fees)

Tutor information: Liz Hyder has been making up stories ever since she can remember and has been obsessed with fairy tales and folklore since she was a young child. She is now the award-winning writer of three acclaimed novels. Bearmouth, her debut novel for young adults, won the Branford Boase Award, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Older Readers, and was named The Times’s Children’s Book of the Year. The Gifts, her debut for adult readers, was the runner up of the McKitterick Prize, and her third book, The Illusions, came out this summer.


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