In 2016 I took my first writing course, and I've done a few since, both online and face-to-face. Here's a selection of those I've found useful.
January - June 2016
Comma Press run six-month short story courses throughout the country, led by writers and authors who specialise in the short story form. I wouldn't have started writing if it hadn't been for this course, taken at the time by the excellent Sarah Schofield.
September - December 2018
This was one of the first courses launched by Rufus Purdy, and his company Write Here. We met weekly in Manchester for twelve weeks, learning about the craft of novel writing and giving feedback and critique, under the supervision of brilliant novelist Sarah Butler. The courses run in cities across the UK and are great value for money.
THE WRITING KILN
This course is led by clinical psychologist Dr Stephanie Hutton and occupational therapist Liz Kay, both of whom are writers. Its title was Inside Fictional Minds, and if you get chance to attend one of their workshops, it will change the way you see your characters. Tickets are sold via Eventbrite. Workshops have been held or are upcoming in Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.
NORTHERN SHORT STORY
This inspirational self-editing workshop was led by Jacob Ross of Peepal Tree Press. I highly recommend any similar workshops, and of course those that are scheduled as part of the annual Northern Short Story festival weekend, in Leeds. They also run urban writing retreat days, which I have yet to sample!
MEG POKRASS NEEDLING YOUR CHARACTERS ONLINE WORKSHOP
This was a brilliant online two-week workshop in a small Facebook group run by Meg. I used it as an opportunity to complete my novella-in-flash. We wrote seven flashes, and critiqued each other's work. I highly recommend Meg's courses, both from a prompt, feedback and writing community point of view.
SHORT FICTION MASTERCLASS
January - February 2018
This was a distance/online course, by the Short Fiction Journal, which no longer exists. The course was taken by Tom Vowler, however, who runs a similar one with Unthank. One of the stories I wrote on this course was a notable contender for the Bristol Prize.