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Photographed at the Society of Authors November 2022

Hello, I’m Helen Cross.

I am the author of novels, stories, audio drama, podcasts and screenplays. I teach creative writing at various  universities  and on online courses. 

I will be running new courses in spring 2024, please sign up to my mailing list to get up to date details

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Course Dates: Tuesdays 7-9pm, starting 30 April, then 7 May , 14 May, 21 May , 28 May 2024

Location: Live online teaching via Zoom

Location: Live online teaching via Zoom

Cost: £175 for all five sessions

Join my online classroom in April 2024 and Write Five Short Stories in Five Weeks. These live, interactive online classes will introduce you to the craft and industry of story writing, and allow you to learn the skills necessary to write and publish your own short fiction.

Student Feedback on the February 2024 course:

Thanks for an excellent course. One of the things I found most valuable was the actual tips on the craft of writing and from someone who is actively making a living writing. A lot of courses talk about setting, character and the mechanics but few look are your work and make practical suggestions for improvement. So thank you very much I really appreciated your time. ‘

I really enjoyed your input and exercises, and I greatly appreciated your enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge.’

‘I loved every minute of our course’ 

‘Thank you for running the sessions, I feel like it’s reignited the writer in me.’

Straight, insightful, practical guidance.’ 

Do you like reading short stories? Would you like to begin writing your own? If so, this writing course will help you find and craft meaningful and publishable short stories in with a style and theme that is distinctly your own. Through a series of writing exercises and discussion you will explore how to find your authentic literary voice, create credible and compelling characters, write effective dialogue and shape story structure. Each week you will be given prompts to generate ideas, then development work to complete at home, after the class. We will discuss in detail the state of the market for short stories, and how and where to submit your stories for publication or broadcast

Participants will be sent a reading list of classic and contemporary short stories before the course begins. We will closely examine the author’s intentions and use these insights to shape your own work.

By the end of the five weeks you will have five new stories and plans for what to do with them next.

No previous experience of writing fiction or short stories is necessary.

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