Date(s) - Mon 26th Oct - Sat 31st Oct, 2020
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT
Exploring the Fantastic
Writers like George Saunders, Angela Carter, Kafka and Margaret Atwood all combine the fantastic with the every-day to explore deep human truths. The short story is an ideal form to explore the fantastic – its brevity allows huge creative freedom, experimentation and inventive metaphor-making. So, how can you bring elements of science fiction, folklore, fantasy and the uncanny into your own short stories to create deep meaning that speaks to readers? Together we’ll do a deep dive into short story craft and techniques, focussing on the fantastic. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you’ll soon be writing stories that reveal human drama through the lens of the weird.
Zoe Gilbert’s short stories have been published widely in journals and anthologies, broadcast on BBC radio and won prizes including The Costa Short Story Award. Her first book, Folk (Bloomsbury, 2018), was shortlisted for The International Dylan Thomas Prize 2019. She has travelled to China and South Korea on writing projects for the British Council, and is completing a PhD exploring folk tales in new short fiction. She is the co-director of London Lit Lab.
Adam Marek is the author of two short story collections: Instruction Manual For Swallowing and The Stone Thrower. His work has appeared on BBC Radio 4, and was selected for The Penguin Book of the British Short Story. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. He regularly teaches creative writing, and occasionally works with SciFutures, using storytelling to help prototype the future.
A L Kennedy has won a variety of UK and international book awards, including a Lannan Award, The Costa Prize, The Heinrich Heine Preis, The Somerset Maugham Award and The John Llewellyn Rees Prize. She has twice been included on the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list. She has written nine novels, six short story collections, three books of non-fiction and three books for children. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Akademie der Kunst.
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