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Write Your World course is open for applications

By joe melia, Wednesday Feb 5, 2020

A free, 8-week Creative Writing course at St Paul’s Learning Centre run by Bristol University’s English Department starts on February 13. The course follows on from recent courses at the same venue and the Somali Resource Centre in Barton Hill, as the University seeks to increase its involvement in Bristol communities


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The sessions will be led by writer and academic, Billy Kahora (pictured), who is a lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Bristol. He is the author of the short story collection, The Cape Cod Bicycle War, the non-fiction novella titled The True Story Of David Munyakei and has twice been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. He is also a judge for this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize.

Students taking the course will learn how to write a short story based on their experiences and their imaginations. They will learn the techniques of the short story and how to apply them to what they observe in their daily lives.

The course will look at short fiction from Bristol in addition to examples from the Caribbean and the African continent to help participants apply these techniques. These will include the basic elements of short fiction: plot, point of view, setting and description, and characterisation.

Those participants who successfully complete the course will be presented with a letter of recognition from the University of Bristol. Guidance on further study will be provided, including information on the University’s new Creative Writing MA.

The course is designed to be an enjoyable, confidence-building experience. No qualifications are necessary.

Write Your World runs for 8 weeks on Thursday evenings, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The course starts on February 13 and finishes on April 23, with a break for Easter. For more information and to apply, e-mail

Read more: Billy Kahora discusses his new short story collection

Main picture c/o Billy Kahora

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