How To Write a Short Story

2nd December 2021 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Online

Why are short stories so powerful? How can you develop short stories that resonate with readers?

In this masterclass, Camilla Grudova shares why she believes that fairy and folk tales are the origin of the short story. Looking at examples from writers synonymous with the short story form (including Angela Carter and Leonora Carrington), Camilla will discuss how you can use the format of the tale to create contemporary short stories of your own that stick with readers long beyond for the final sentence.

Through practical teaching, creative writing exercises and inspiring discussion, you will learn not just how to grow your short story ideas, but how to curate your stories as part of a collection.

Finally, Camilla will also take you through the process of submitting short stories, offering expert advice on magazines to target as well as things to consider when you begin to look for an agent or publisher.


There will be approx. 15 minutes reserved for Q&A at the end of the workshop. If you'd like to submit a question to Camilla in advance, please send it to

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Speaker profiles
Camilla Grudova

Camilla Grudova lives in Edinburgh. She holds a degree in Art History and German from McGill University, Montreal. Her fiction has appeared in The White Review and Granta. Her collection of short stories The Doll's Alphabet is published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.

    Booking & payment

    Booking & payment

    The workshop fee of £30 (incl. VAT) is payable in full online.

    This is a live online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date.

    Event materials will be made available to attendees for a time-limited period after the event at the author's discretion.

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    • Writers & Artists has made up to five bursary places available for this event as part of our accessibility scheme. Please visit our bursaries page for further information about how to apply. All bursary applications must have been submitted for consideration by 20th November.
    • At the author’s discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.
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