> > > Short Story in a Day

Short Story in a Day

Tutor: Linda McVeigh
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR

Next date: Saturday 20 June 2020 - Due to COVID-19 please check nearer the time to see whether this workshop will be going ahead

A day to kickstart creativity and go from blank page to finished story in 6 hours. This workshop will spark ideas, help you create a character and plot, and guide you through the editing process.

Feeling uninspired? No idea what to write about? Don’t fret… a series of short, snappy exercises will blow away the tumbleweed and get you in the creative groove.

Haven’t got a character? We’ve got an exercise for that, too…

No plot? No worries.

Can you really write a whole story in just one page? We take a look at examples of 500-word stories and consider what works, what doesn’t, and why.

In the afternoon, with first drafts complete, we’ll get the metaphorical pruning shears out and give our stories a thorough short back and sides, cutting out unnecessary, superfluous, redundant words and asking ourselves probing questions about structure, point of view and other niceties.

Suitable for all levels.


About the tutor

Linda is a writer with considerable success in competitions, including first prize in the Charleston Small Wonder Short Story Festival slam (in 2007 and again in 2011), first prize in the Rainy Cities Short Stories prize in 2010, and first prize in the 2011 Asham Award, judged by Sarah Waters.  She also won the inaugural Brighton Prize in 2014. Her story ‘All Over the Place’ was published in ‘Something Was There’ (Virago, 2011) and ‘Back Seat’ was published by Galley Beggar in 2017.  She is currently writing a novel.


I felt encouraged to go back to writing.  The people in my group were really sensitive towards the idea of writing and I felt welcome.  

Achieved all I hoped for, supported us through the creation of a short story from start to finish, lots of ideas generated and all questions answered.  Excellent variety of approaches / exercises.

Very informative and really surprised that I was able to write a short story the same day.  The course has given me a lot of ideas going forward.Relaxed and forward.  Time to think, write and discuss. I enjoyed the course very much.

I thought it worked well, pushing one's skills but it's a relaxed atmosphere.  Good conversation about writing and literature.

It kick started my writing.  It was professional yet intimate.  There were varied activities.

The hints and tips about competitions and editing.  I liked the inspirational free writing exercises.  Will definitely use these again.

The range of activities we had e.g. writing and editing