Irenosen Okojie's Short Story Tool Box

Incisive, mysterious, surprising: the short story is addictive to writers. Discover your own approach in this six-week course with author Irenosen Okojie.

Explore your voice through practical exercises, interactive challenges and the study of fiction by the greatest short story writers. This course is open to all abilities. A willingness to learn with and from other participants with varied levels of experience is essential.

Okojie's debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award, and her short story collection Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for multiple awards. Her work has been published internationally by publications including The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post.

Course overview:
Session 1: Ideas/creating narratives
How can we use the ambiguity of memory to generate compelling ideas and narratives?

Session 2: Developing strong characters
Divergent female voices, creating unforgettable characters who leap off the page.

Session 3: Environment/place using all the senses
Cities, environment and place beyond the limits of expectations.

Session 4: Structure, beginnings, middle and endings
The art of structure, mapping the narrative arc of a story.

Session 5: Playing with form
What's a story anyway? Exploring form and writers dismantling notions of how a story is presented.

Session 6: Craft, confidence-building and possible guest speaker Q&A
Small worlds, we look at how the transformative power of short fiction equips the writer.

Dates & times

21 Jan 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Mon 21 January 2019
      • 7:00 pm


Royal Festival Hall
Sunley Pavilion, Level 3


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 18+

Event information
This course takes place from 7pm – 9pm on the following dates:
Monday 21 Jan 2019 – Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Monday 4 Feb 2019 – Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Monday 18 Feb 2019 – Foyle Pavilion, Level 3, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall
Monday 4 Mar 2019 – Blue Room, Spirit Level, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Monday 18 Mar 2019 – Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Monday 1 Apr 2019 – Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall

All six sessions are included in this ticket. We strongly recommend that participants make sure they are available for all six sessions of the course, but at a minimum attend four.

By purchasing a ticket you agree to be contacted by Southbank Centre on email in relation to this course.

Please bring a notebook and something to write with.