Learn the Craft of Genre Fiction with Mark Kirkbride

11 May - 1 Jun


£60 Adult Course Fee (£50 Concession Fee)

Class details

Learn the Craft of Genre Fiction in online course. It lasts four weeks and is for people who have some experience of writing fiction.


11 May – 1 June

7 – 9pm

Course Fee: £60 Adults (£50 Concessions)

Pay As You Go Fees: £17.50 per week Adults (£15 per week Concessions)

During the course you will focus on key aspects of genre fiction and craft stories according to helpful prompts in a friendly, supportive online group. You cover a variety of topics in the course including:

  • The Primacy of Plot
  • How to adhere to conventions
  • How to incorporate elements of fantasy

If you have some experience of writing and are keen to develop your skills this is a good course for you to join. You will benefit by signing up to the companion course The Craft of Literary Fiction that precedes it. By attending both courses, you will get the full experience.

We shall run a writing competition in May after both courses have finished. Entry is free and there’s a prize. We’ll share the details of the competition at the beginning of April.

All you need to join the course is a notebook (paper or IT) and internet connection. Each week we’ll send you support notes and access to a recording of the session.

Join us and learn the Craft of Genre Fiction.

About the Tutor

Mark Kirkbride studied at Kingston and Oxford. He is the author of three books published by Omnium Gatherum in LA. His novel Game Changers of the Apocalypse was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards 2019. He’s written across a range of media, including narrative design for a game developer and content creation for an app, but he specialises in fiction.

His short stories have appeared in Under the BedSci Phi JournalDisclaimer MagazineFlash Fiction Magazine and So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

Mark is an Arts Award Adviser and a Creative Workshop Tutor for the University for the Creative Arts. He’s also part of the University of Winchester’s pool of lecturers employed on a fixed-term basis.


Course Details


Dates: 11 May - 1 Jun
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Fees: £60 Adult Course Fee (£50 Concession Fee)

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