Sunday, November 19th, 2023

‘Telling Tails’ Creative Writing Course The Short Story for Beginners



The ever-expanding Queerguru is always looking for new writers to join our  Team, so we are more than happy to recommend ‘Telling Tails’ Creative Writing Course devised and taught by internationally acclaimed publisher and author Justin David. This eight-week online course for beginners delivers the nuts and bolts of how to write a short story.

David explained to Queeguru. “The weekly Zoom sessions will explain the process—from planning and sketching out an idea, to fully fleshing out a piece of structured prose—resulting in your very own short, compact, self-contained story.”   You get personal contact with your teacher, Justin, and interaction with the other students,  and you’ll be able to ask questions and throw ideas around, which is something text-based courses can’t offer.

And at only £210 (pounds sterling) for the course, which includes 14 explanatory PDFs, reading and writing homework tasks, and an exclusive opportunity to take part in a Q&A with author, Neil Bartlett, this is the best value online short story writing course on the market.  (And we love Neil Barlett too : check out this interview we had with him HERE 

Justin David, the teacher is also someone we have featured on these pages (check here).  A Goldsmiths graduate he is not only the author of three books,he is also the publisher at Inkandescent which he founded in 2016 with editor Nathan Evansto shine a light on underrepresented writers.  Only last year Inkandescent was a finalist for Small Press of the Year in the British Book Awards.

The course will run from 7pm-9pm (UK time)  on consecutive Thursdays. The  £210  fee  includes weekly Zoom meetings during which Justin will facilitate a welcoming and supportive learning environment,

14 PDFs (delivered to your inbox over the duration of the course), weekly reading and writing homework tasks and a copy of  MAINSTREAM whose stories you will study as part of the course.\


  • an understanding of the elements of the short story—hook, dilemma, conflict, complications, climax, and denouement

  • exercises that explore aspects of fiction—narrative voice, point of view, dialogue, setting, etc.

  • weekly and mid-week prompts designed to get you writing and keep you writing

  • by the end of the course, you will have received a toolkit to enable you to develop, write, and edit a short story to publishable standard

  • selected stories may be showcased on the Inkandescent website

PS. Two half-priced places are reserved for students who are financially disadvantaged. 



Posted by queerguru  at  10:18

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