Writing can be a solitary and tricky business to navigate, whether you’re starting out or have been at it a while. It’s difficult to know where to get feedback, or if what you’re writing is as good as it can be. And then there’s what to do with a piece of work once you’ve finished it.
If you’re an aspiring or emerging short story writer, or novelist, keen to refresh or develop your skills, Hive is running an online fiction programme on Thursday evenings from 13th April with the brilliant novelist, short story writer and poet, Rachel Bower. The programme will offer a supportive and immersive set of six evening Zoom workshops and individual feedback support to inspire and guide you to getting where you want to go with your writing.
“An abundance of sources, advice and support.” Feedback from a participant on Rachel’s last fiction programme
Join award-winning fiction writer Rachel Bower, for all things furthering your fiction, and:
The programme is for new, aspiring and emerging young fiction writers aged 17 to 30. As the programme is on Zoom, it’s open to writers from across the north and midlands who would like to develop their writing further. Both those who’ve done fiction workshops or courses before and those completely new to them are welcome to apply. We’re also keen to hear from people who feel like they wouldn’t normally be able to access this kind of opportunity.
Whatever stage you’re at, you might lack direction, sticking power or confidence. You might have a project you want inspiration to get stuck into, or to sharpen your skills and hone your work, or you might simply want a regular reason to write and connect with other young writers. All levels, genres and interests welcome.
Expect a warm, inclusive and supportive group with a wonderful writer and mentor.
Thursday evenings 6-8pm on Zoom from 13th April 2023.
The programme is subsidised by Hive South Yorkshire meaning a cost of just £75 for six sessions, an edit surgery and one-to-one feedback. Programmes like this normally cost upwards of £300 but this Hive fiction programme is heavily subsidised as a way to reach new and emerging young writers and remove barriers to developing as a writer. If cost is still a barrier, please see below bursary discounts available.
Bursary discount places
If the cost of the programme is a barrier to attending, we have a number of bursary places available discounting the programme to £45. Please write ‘bursary discount’ on your application if this applies to you. You won’t be penalised for being unable to afford the full fee.
Send (in one Word or .rtf document) of up to 3xA4 pages of work (but no pressure if you don’t have much to send), followed by up to 350 words about yourself and your writing interests. You can include: where you are with your writing and any input you’ve had with it, why you’re applying for this programme, and how you think it would be of help.
Please also send: Your age, date of birth, telephone number, address (term or home), and anything else you might want to tell us by midnight 31st March to email@example.com [Note places will be limited to ensure a supportive programme]
Rachel Bower is an award-winning writer based in Sheffield. She is the author of two poetry collections and a book on literary letters. Her stories and poems have been widely published in literary magazines, including The London Magazine, The White Review, Magma, Stand and Frontier. She won The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20 and the W&A Short Story Competition 2020. She has also been listed for the White Review Short Story Prize 2019, the RSL V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize and the BBC Short Story Prize. Rachel is a qualified community development worker and has over ten years’ experience running workshops with a wide range of people and organisations.
Feedback from Rachel’s last Hive fiction course:
“Incredibly useful and helped me to make sure I prioritised writing. Really nice to meet some fellow writers and know I’ll be seeing them each week. Rachel’s prompts and advice were really refreshing and supportive! Thank you.”
“Rachel was so accommodating to everybody’s needs, rearranging sessions if we needed to and including session outlines in the chat, we really couldn’t have asked for anymore.”
“Thank you, Rachel! this has been great and another really great first steps for me! it’s been nice to have something to show up for every week!”
“Thank you SO much Rachel this has been a wonderful course! Feeling inspired and looking forward to keeping in touch :)”
“Thank you so much Rachel and everyone else, my confidence has grown so much! I’ve written more in these last few weeks than in a long time. Definitely hope we can keep writing together!”