Jan Carson


Jan Carson is based in Belfast. She currently has one novel, “Malcolm Orange Disappears” (Liberties Press, 2014), a short story collection, “Children’s Children” (Liberties Press, 2016), a microfiction collection, “Postcard Stories” (Emma Press, 2017), and commissioned stories included in the following anthologies, “Settling” in “The Glass Shore” (New Island, 2016) and “Egg” in “The Female Line” (New Island, 2017). Her next novel will be published in spring 2019. Jan’s stories have aired on BBC Radio 4 and most recently, read by Liam Neeson, on Radio 3.

Her work has appeared in journals like Banshee, Harper’s Bazaar and The Honest Ulsterman. In 2014 she received Arts Council NI Artist’s Career Enhancement Bursary and is part of the British Council’s International Literary Showcase. She was shortlisted for the Sean O’Faolain prize (2016) and won the Harper’s Bazaar story competition, (2016). She’s read at Literary Festivals throughout the UK, Europe and America and works as a freelance community arts and literary programmer, curating the CS Lewis Festival, running school’s literature projects and specializing in arts development work with older people, particularly those living with Dementia.


7. Unleashing the Power of the Short Story : a writing workshop with Jan Carson Sold Out

The Magpie Inn

This interactive workshop will offer practical advice on writing concise, punchy and innovative short stories. The session will include opportunities to focus on character, dialogue, setting, pacing, plot development and editing with a special emphasis upon identifying and building upon the core of your story. Jan will lead participants through a series of bespoke writing […]