Short Story Lab: How to Start a Story… with

The first in Maria Thomas’s series of online workshops for budding and practicing short story writers.

About the course

Course Fee


Course Dates

Saturday 2nd October - Saturday 23rd 17:30-19:00 GMT. Classes will take place every Saturday for 4 weeks.

Course Length

4 weeks

Weekly Study

1 hour 30 mins



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Course summary

A fun, practical workshop for writers who want to begin writing a short story and need support and motivation to get started. Test your ideas and learn how to write a compelling opening that provides a subtle roadmap for the story.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

●  Test ideas for short fiction with confidence

●  Draft a compelling opening to a short story

●  Give and receive constructive feedback with sensitivity

●  Use constructive feedback to revise a draft

How you will learn

Our team of editors, novelists and scriptwriters will provide a helping hand – making you a more confident writer.

Thanks to our status as a platform for discovering the best literary talent – having helped kick-start the careers of several literary writers to acclaim, such as Nikesh Shukla, Naomi Alderman, Peng Shepherd, Clare Wigfall, Stuart Evers, Inua Ellams and others on the Man Booker Prize longlists – we have far-reaching external networks that create opportunities for your work to get in front of editors, agents and publishers. You will learn through:

  • Generating and pitching ideas
  • Submissions best practices and feedback
  • Live readings & performances
  • Writing and sharing your work online
  • Specialist workshops
  • Live salons

The first in Maria Thomas’s series of online workshops for budding and practicing short story writers.

The Tutor


Maria Thomas is an award-winning writer of short fiction. She has taught writing at the University of Virginia, and as a Promising Scholar and Margaret McBride Lerhman Fellow at the University of Oregon where she studied for her MFA in Fiction. She is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she researches creative writing pedagogy and working on a novel. Maria sits on the editorial board of acclaimed literary journal, Short Fiction.