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Short stories

James teaches a 3-week online short story course from time to time. This will next run in January 2024 – please email if you’re interested.

Got an idea for a short story but don’t know where to start?

Want help generating ideas?

Or how to improve?

  • 3 week online course
  • covers plotting, point of view, first sentences, twists, endings; and much more!
  • Includes 1,000 word short story competition with £25 book token prize

Recent reviews:

stretched my thinking and challenged me to dig deeper and try harder


a great introduction to short story writing


inspiring… incredibly useful and interesting


Creative Writing Class

James also teaches an online creative writing class. This will next run in 2023 (starting Wednesday 12th April, 6-7.30pm, then the 2nd Wednesday in the month, with a break in August) – please email if you’re interested.

Learn to critique other people’s work, so you can edit your own

Based on the powerful technique of workshopping:

  • Students take turns to exchange 2-3,000 words
  • Everyone critiques prior to class
  • Then ‘meets’ in class to discuss
  • Online
  • 8 x 90 minute sessions, 1x monthly
  • 6-10 students
Creative Writing Course - notepads

2022 Course Reviews:

format is perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing


has helped to keep my writing tight . . . and to try different perspectives


would recommend