Saturday 8 May 11:00 am - Saturday 5 June 1:00 pm

Saturday 8th May – 5th June 2021 on five Saturday mornings, 11am-1pm.

Intriguing, engaging and a little bit mysterious, short stories are windows into other lives and worlds – but what goes into making a great short story? During five informative and inspiring sessions, we’ll look at the essential elements all short stories share and explore creative writing techniques. Emma will also offer written feedback on a piece of your writing.

Writers of all levels are welcome to join us to learn more about this fascinating form. Short stories are a great way into writing for beginners and Emma will be on hand to answer your questions. It’s also a great chance for more experienced writers from other disciplines, such as novelists, poets and non-fiction writers, to branch out into a different area, to achieve recognition, and to reach a new audience of readers.

PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered on Zoom. You will be emailed joining instructions and preparatory materials after booking. Course dates are:

8th May
15th May
22nd May
29th May
5th June

We have a limited number of bursary places available for this course. Bursary places are by application only (to They are awarded on the basis of financial need not writing ability. You can find out more about how to apply, here.

About the tutor

Emma Timpany was born and grew up in the wild south of New Zealand. She lives in Cornwall. Her publications include the short story collections Over the Dam (Red Squirrel Press, 2015) and The Lost of Syros (Cultured Llama Press, 2015). Her novella Travelling in the Dark (Fairlight Books, 2018) was awarded the Hall and Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize 2019. She is co-editor of Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing (The History Press, 2018). Emma’s stories have won awards including the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Trust Award 2011 and many have been published in literary journals in England, New Zealand and Australia.

You can purchase copies of The Lost of SyrosTravelling in the Dark and Cornish Shorts via