Less is More:
writing within short story constraints
with CG Menon

How can you convey everything when your word count is limited? Explore techniques and tricks for writing place, setting and character within short stories.

This workshop focuses on writing well-rounded short stories that go “beyond the page” in terms of what they convey to a reader. We will discuss how the limited length of a short story imposes its own challenges, and how you can overcome these. We’ll also identify and practise techniques which let a reader infer character backstory and setting, without you needing to explicitly state these.

What will you do on the course? 

In this workshop we’ll focus on hands-on writing exercises centred around character, place, setting and backstory. These will be supported by discussion of theory and technique, which you’ll then have a chance to put into practice.

Who is it for? 

This workshop will be accessible to writers of all levels, particularly those looking to enter or improve their performance within short story competitions.

About Spread the Word’s discounted rates and terms and conditions 

London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.

If you’d like to read our terms and conditions before booking, you can do so here or you can view them at the bottom of every page on our website.

CG Menon


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CG Menon is the author of Subjunctive Moods, published in 2018 by Dahlia Publishing. She has won or been shortlisted for the Bridport, Fish, Bare Fiction, Asian Writer and Willesden Herald prizes. Her work has been broadcast on radio, and she’s been a member of several international short story competition judging panels. She has a PhD in pure mathematics and has completed a creative writing MA at City University.