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FREE | Introduction to short stories and life-writing with Jacob Ross

April 23, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am EDT

Introduction to short stories and life-writing with Jacob Ross
A life-writing workshop led by writer Jacob Ross for people who wish to draw on personal experiences, memories, recollections and events

About this event

There are stories that only you can tell. This workshop is for people who wish to draw on personal experiences, memories, recollections and events they’ve lived through to create work that would engage readers; or simply as a means of self-expression and even self-recognition. How do we begin to explore our experiences? How can we breathe new life into them? What form should our writing take? How do we structure our experience on the page in a way that pulls readers in and keeps them reading?

In this two-hour workshop you will learn how to present your ‘character’ on the page; create reading momentum through strong narrative threads, as well as effective ways of locating one’s writing in place and time.

This will be an online workshop hosted via Zoom.


Jacob Ross has been hailed as ‘a writer of formidable technical range and emotional depth’. He is Associate Fiction Editor at Peepal Tree Press.

Jacob Ross is a novelist, short story writer, editor and creative writing tutor. His crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers won the inaugural Jhalak Prize in 2017. His literary novel Pynter Bender was published to much critical literary acclaim and was shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Regional Prize and chosen as one of the British Authors Club’s top three Best First Novels. His latest book is Tell No-One About This, a collection of stories written over a span of forty years, including from Song for Simone (1986) and A Way to Catch the Dust (1999) and more than a dozen new ones. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been a judge of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Olive Cook, Scott Moncrieff and Tom-Gallon Literary Awards. Jacob is Associate Fiction Editor at Peepal Tree Press, and the editor of Closure, Contemporary Black British short stories. You can find Jacob’s writing here.


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