ONLINE: Get Your Short Story In Shape with Cynan Jones

Daily online sessions

Time and date

Monday 13 to Friday 17 July 2020

5 days



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Thanks to the support of Cork County Council we are delighted to offer participants this online workshop at 50% of our normal workshop fee.

Admission: €112

Cynan Jones

With participants’ permission, sessions will be recorded and can be accessed as archival material. 

Make Every Word Work – Get Your Short Story in Shape

A strong short story is exciting and challenging. Not just to read, but to write. This online course will help you embrace that and give you the tools to write better and bring your own work up to scratch. Through a combination of workshops, writing exercises and a one-on-one session, you’ll learn how to make characters carry the narrative; how to locate the message at the heart of your text; and how to make detail and dialogue do their best job.

You’ll have a recommended reading list ahead of the week and will be asked to submit a story-in-progress of up to 5,000 words in advance.

Monday: Online workshop 10.30am to 12 noon and again from 4 to 5pm.

Tuesday: Online workshop 10.30am to 12 noon and again from 4 to 5pm.

Wednesday: One-to-one sessions

Thursday: Personal writing time – this solo writing time would normally have taken place during classroom hours but as the workshop will take place via zoom instead this writing time will take place offline outside class hours. Also 2.30 – 4.30 pm – ‘Open Clinic’ which is an opportunity for participants can ‘drop in’ if they have something to address.

Friday: Online workshop 10.30am to 12 noon – this is an opportunity to ask the tutor whatever you need to. Can also include advice on getting published etc. Afternoon session from 3 to 6pm for group readings.


Instructions for participants will be emailed on purchase. And we’re here to support anyone with any questions.

You will need

  • A good Wifi connection
  • Access to a Laptop, Tablet, PC or Mac with a microphone & camera


Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones was born in 1975 near Aberaeron, Wales where he now lives and works. He is the author of five short novels, The Long Dry, Everything I Found on the Beach, Bird, Blood,...

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