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An essential read. Short Circuit is a collection of essays from writers who are passionate (and successfully!) about short fiction. A real gold mine of insights and ideas for aspiring writers and for those seeking a refresher. -- The Bridport Prize At last! The definitive guide to writing short stories, put together by a team of experts who are passionate about this most elusive, maddening, beguiling and ultimately satisfying of art forms. Cleverly constructed - a book which you will want to dip into for years to come. And a book which will do much to raise the status of the short story in contemporary fiction. -- Carole Buchan, The Asham Trust How refreshing to have a book on creative writing that is neither abstract theory nor banal 'how to'. What we have instead are insights into the short story from a marvellous variety of accomplished writers; an invaluable resource for anyone tackling this tricky but highly rewarding literary form. -- Paul Munden, Director, NAWE This is a generous book, rich in ideas. It's a practical book, giving a kick start to the imagination with its suggestions for overcoming the tyranny of the blank page, and it's also a realistic book. Short Circuit updates Chaucer's advice about life being short and the craft long to learn, without ever losing sight of why it's worth the effort. As a teacher of creative writing, I recommend it to students. I believe in the apprenticeship system and this is an excellent manual. As a writer, it reminds me why I write, and why there's nothing else I would rather do. -- Bridget Whelan, Lecturer in Creative Writing, Goldsmith's College, University of London

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Vanessa Gebbie is a novelist and award-winning short storyist. Author of two collections: Words from a Glass Bubble and Storm Warning (Salt), her novel The Coward's Tale (Bloomsbury UK/US) was selected as a UK Financial Times Book of the Year and Guardian readers' book of the year. Recipient of an Arts Council Grant for the Arts, a Hawthornden Fellowship and winner of a Gladstone's Library residency, her stories have been commissioned by literary journals, the British Council, for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, and are widely anthologised. She also writes poetry and is a freelance writing tutor.

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