Imagine a Short Story Workshop at ChudLitFest…

On the morning of Chudleigh Literary Festival, we were treated to a short story workshop with Jenny Kane.

Jenny is well known for her Another Cup of Coffee series of novels, The Folville Chronicles, written as Jennifer Ash, and is also renowned erotica writer, Kay Jaybee. She is the co-founder of ‘Imagine Creative Writing Workshops’ along with writer, Alison Knight, and runs workshops and writing retreats throughout the South West.

Jenny was an excellent speaker, taking a group of writers with varying levels of experience through the structure of a short story with plenty of tips on ways to enrich or expand your writing without taking up too many words (an important factor of short stories). It was a great session, with plenty of practical exercises (yes – actual writing!) and giving everyone the opportunity to share in a friendly, pressure-free environment.

On the subject of sharing, here’s an extract that I wrote during the workshop. As yet, I don’t know what Dave did, or how Sally might fix things, but one of these days I look forward to finding out what happens next!

Forever after, any reminder took me back to that day when Gran served us cold tea. She was in such a state of shock that she could only cope by constantly topping up cups. But at no point did she remember to boil the kettle.

I couldn’t bring myself to tell her. Nobody could. Dave had meant the world to her, and to discover that he could treat us in such a shabby way was… well, it had cut our legs from under us.

‘What do we do now?’ asked Billy.

‘Sally will know.’ All eyes turned to me.

There it was again. The same old assumption that no matter what happened, they could dump it on my lap and rely on me to clear up the mess. For two pence, I’d have told them where they could stick their assumptions. But that was the moment Gran refilled my cup, and the blind desperate faith in her eyes made me shut up and gulp down the tepid pondwater.

‘I’ll… I’ll see what I can find out,’ I whispered.

For a list of upcoming events, or available workshops, visit Jenny Kane at Imagine.

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