Short Story Intensive


Isha Karki is a writer and PhD student based in London. Her short fiction has won the Dinesh Allirajah Prize, Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize and Mslexia Short Story Competition. She has been shortlisted in competitions such as The White Review, Desperate Literature, and London Short Story Prize and her work has appeared in publications including Best British Short Stories 2021, Extra Teeth and Lightspeed Magazine. She is a Clarion West alumni and a 2023 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence. You can find her on Twitter: @IshaKarki11

Course dates

15 April-20 May

10:30 am-12:30pm Saturdays Online

Course location

This is an online course with live teaching via zoom




Three free places for POC students . Limited number of concessions for those in need. Contact


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Welcome to the Short Story Course

15 April-20 May

10:30 am-12:30pm Saturdays Online

Join Isha Karki for a six-week deep dive into the short story!  Whether you’ve always wanted to write short stories or whether you want focussed time to write more, this course is for you!

We’ll examine how to create deft worldbuilding, play with time and voices, experiment with form and structure, and meld the real with the uncanny, mythic and monstrous to shape compelling stories. 

Over the course of six weeks, we’ll focus on elements of craft and consider experimental approaches to the short story through generative exercises and the study of contemporary writers. We’ll examine brilliant writing from authors such as Carmen Maria Machado, Julia Armfield, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Nibedita Sen and Sofia Samatar.

Reading will be circulated in advance and each two hour session will feature discussion on the week’s topic and related writing exercises. All in the supportive and encouraging space that Write like a Grrrl is known for! So what are you waiting for?

This course runs online for six weeks . Please see our gender inclusion policy.


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What they say…

Judge Courttia Newland on Isha’s wining story for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize : “A gorgeously sumptuous tale of feminine ritual, cross cultural histories and symbolism, ‘After the Fire, Ash’ packs novel heft into slim short story pages. Brave and astounding, Isha’s story burns bright.”