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‘How to write’ masterclasses

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Mini Masterclasses present some of the world’s great writers talking about key aspects of how to write a short story, from how to generate an idea, to the geometry of the form, and – crucially – how to make every word count

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How to write short stories: Jacob Ross on 'escalation' in fiction

  • 26th February 2021

"Things get increasingly worse": the author Jacob Ross on how to build action and tension in fiction

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How to write short stories: Adam Marek on enticing opening lines in fiction

  • 29th January 2021

The author Adam Marek on how to great your readers' attentions with powerful first sentences in your short stories

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Short story masterclass: characterisation, with Leone Ross

  • 27th November 2020

The author Leone Ross on creating convincing and believable people on the page, also known as characterisation

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Kate Clanchy writing masterclass: how to create memorable imagery in your short stories

  • 30th October 2020

“In a short story, the images can be the plot and be the characters”: Kate Clanchy shares her secrets for building powerful images in your writing

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Time to be ruthless: edit your story so every word counts, with Cynan Jones

  • 25th September 2020

“Chances are, there’s material in your story that simply needs to be hacked away”: Cynan Jones reveals the secrets of editing fiction and how to apply it to your own short stories

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How to write a short story... good dialogue and bad dialogue – how to get it right, with Louise Kennedy

  • 28th August 2020

"You learn from writing, from reading, from listening": Louise Kennedy reveals the secrets of great dialogue in fiction and how to apply it to your own short stories

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How to write a short story... looking at geometry with Yiyun Li

  • 31st July 2020

"A short story can be as big, as epic, as symphonic, as a novel": Yiyun Li explains how to use geometrical variations to add depth and width within the limit of a story

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How to write a short story... generating ideas with Joe Dunthorne

  • 5th July 2020

“Where do you get your ideas from?” Joe Dunthorne leads a masterclass in how to generate ideas for the perfect short story

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