Date(s) - Tue 9th Jul - Fri 27th Sep, 2024
11:00am - 1:00pm
Get your short fiction in shape
Season 2: Unlock your story’s potential
Our four-part year-long online course focusing on short fiction continues with Season 2 through July to September. The course is curated and tutored by acclaimed writer Cynan Jones, with additional writing spaces led by Moniack Mhor staff.
The Zoom course runs across four ‘seasons’, each of roughly three months. Each season addresses a different stage of short fiction writing. You can either join us for the full 12 months and evolve your story/ies as the year proceeds, or, if you feel one season speaks to the stage you’ve already arrived at in your writing project, you can hop aboard for that. Read a full outline of each season’s course content below.
Main elements of the course include group workshops, writing sessions, two one-to-one tutorials each season and a closing ceilidh to share your work.
Each season will include:
- three Tuesday group workshop sessions (2 hours each)
- a 20-minute introductory one-to-one tutorial with Cynan
- a 40-minute intensive one-to-one tutorial with Cynan (up to 2,000 words submission)
- 2 x 1-hour writing sessions with optional prompts, hosted by Cynan
- 4 x 1-hour writing sessions, hosted by Moniack Mhor staff
- a final ceilidh celebration and sharing of your work (2 hours)
- support from your Moniack Mhor host, plus optional drop-ins for 15 minutes before each workshop session to chat with your group
You’ll also be invited to join an interactive online forum, which will provide a space to chat with your group, share work and ideas, and where you’ll find resources connected with the workshop sessions.
Course outline by seasons
Season 1 – Unlock your story’s potential (April to June 2024)
For people who want to start writing, people who already write but want to bring a new spark to their work, or for up-and-running writers looking to find inspiration for their next project.
By the end of the season, you’ll have started a new piece or reinvigorated a work in progress, will have embraced early draft writing, and will have a strong engaging base to build from.
Season 2 – Unlock your story’s potential (July to September 2024)
For people who want to find the potential and pitfalls of their work in progress, and tackle issues that might be holding their story/ies up.
Over the season, you will have explored new elements, themes and possibilities, understood how to embrace or reject them, and will have a better sense of what your story/ies should be.
Season 3 – Bring your story to life (October to December 2024)
For writers who want to find the strongest way to tell the story/ies they have arrived at and make the protagonists, settings and events as rich, appropriate, and compelling as possible.
During this season, you will have lifted your story/ies off the page, brought detail alive, and made your narrative as immersive and convincing as you can.
Season 4 – Make the most of your story (January to March 2025)
For writers who have ‘nearly’ finished and want their story/ies to be as strong and impactful as possible, on the page, and beyond the page.
Over the season, you will have raised the level of your story/ies, will have a better idea of what you’ve really written, and a realistic sense of what to do with your work next.
Season 2 Timetable – Unlock your story’s potential (July to September 2024)
Tuesday 9 July 11:00-13:00 Welcome and Workshop 1
Tuesday 16 July 12:30-13:30 Writing session – host Cynan
Tuesday 23 July 12:30-13:30 Writing session
Tuesday 30 July 11:00-13:00 Workshop 2
Tuesday 6 Aug 12:30-13:30 Writing session
Tuesday 20 Aug 12:30-13:30 Writing session – host Cynan
Tuesday 27 Aug 11:00-13:00 Workshop 3 – Q&A
Tuesday 10 Sep 12:30-13:30 Writing session
Tuesday 24 Sep 12:30-13:30 Writing session
Friday 27 Sep 18:30-20:30 Ceilidh sharing session
All workshops include a short break. Moniack Mhor staff will be on hand to support you during your course.
As a rule, writing sessions will run as scheduled on Tuesday mornings between 12:30-13:30h (UK BST, GMT +1), and include 10-15 minutes for chat and 45-50 minutes quiet writing time. We may request flexibility to offer alternative and | or additional writing session times to suit your tutor and the group.
Your two one-to-one tutorials with Cynan will be scheduled at times to suit you when the course starts. The 20-minute introductory ones near the start of the season, the 40-minute ones at a later point.
This course will run with 12 participants each season. You can join on a season by season basis or let us know if you’d like to book the whole year. Writers who take part in all four seasons will be offered a £40 discount of their Season 4 fee.
We will try to offer priority booking to continuing participants in seasons two, three and four. New participants will also be welcome each season if spaces are available.
Cynan Jones is an acclaimed fiction writer from the west coast of Wales. His work has appeared in over 20 countries, and in journals and magazines including Granta, Freeman’s and the New Yorker. He has also written a screenplay for the hit crime drama Hinterland, a collection of tales for children, and a number of stories for BBC Radio. He has been longlisted and shortlisted for numerous awards, and won, among other prizes, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, and the BBC National Short Story Award.
Cynan worked for a number of years as the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Aberystwyth University, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2019, and has accumulated countless hours of tutoring and mentoring experience over the last 20 years.
The full fee for each season of this online course is £340. A deposit of £100 is required to secure your place each season, which is non-refundable after a 14-day cooling-off period. The balance payment of £240 is due six weeks before the course begins.
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Please let us know in your booking form if you have any access requirements when working online so we can do our best to support you. For more information about access to our courses, please visit our Access page.
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