A Brief Pause



A Brief Pause is a professional development programme for 20 short fiction writers and 12 female creative writing practitioners.

Writers will attend 12 two-hour online masterclasses, via Zoom, in fortnightly sessions, over a period of six months, which will take writers from draft to publication.

A monthly reading series, featuring guest speakers, will showcase new writing. Writers on the programme will also take part in the reading series to showcase their own writing and will have the opportunity to be published in the scheme’s anthology which will launch as part of Short Story September 2021.

A Brief Pause will be led by managing editor of Dahlia Books, Farhana Shaikh with support from The Literary Consultancy. The programme is funded by Arts Council England.

Masterclasses will be led by the following creative writing practitioners: Xanthi Barker, Susmita Bhattacharya, Rebecca Burns, Emily Devane, Melissa Fu, Divya Ghelani, Anita Goveas, Abi Hynes, Farhana Khalique, CG Menon, Mahsuda Snaith, and Alison Woodhouse.

You will need access to a computer with a stable internet connection, web-cam and microphone. A recording of the session and handout will be provided following each class.

The programme costs £120 which is a nominal fee to be returned once you have completed the scheme.