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One-Day Short Course: Dark and Speculative Fiction

May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Explore the darker reaches of the human experience from your notebook or laptop: join us for a one-day workshop which subverts the “normal” and uncovers other worlds, other realities and alternative stories.

The course will explore what dark fiction is, as well as discussing the best writing and publishing in the genre at the moment.

You’ll gain practical information about the genre and the process of writing alternative fiction, in short or full length fiction form. You’ll be advised on plot, vocabulary and how to avoid clichés. You’ll also gain valuable advice on what to do with your writing, and how to submit it for publication.

This course is intended for writers at all stages of their careers, including beginners.



Mary Williams, (who writes under M Valentine Williams) is the author of fiction and short stories in the genre of Dark Fiction, including The Poison Garden of Dorelia Jones, and her most recent novel with Victorina Press, The Marsh People is a dystopian fiction. Unconfirmed Reports From Out There, a collection of her published short stories, is on Amazon as an e-book, and a further collection A Far Cry was published last year by Mantle Lane Press.

Her work life has mostly been in the sphere of mental health: she worked as a University staff counsellor and trainer until she retired. Mary also writes poetry and reads at local open mic events in Shropshire.


Course dates:

Saturday 18 May 2019, 10am-4pm.

Tea & coffee available (donations welcome). Lunch is not included.


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.

Presented in partnership with the Birmingham & Midland Institute.


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