"If you're interested in writing short stories, this course covers the entire process, from coming up with ideas to submitting your completed stories to magazines and other markets. Practical exercises are also included."
If you want to write fiction, then short stories are a great place to start. This course will show you where to find ideas, how to put your stories together, and how to submit them to an editor.
You'll learn the essential elements of short story writing such as plot and structure, dialogue, characterisation, setting, tense, viewpoint, and much, much more.
Why not give it a try? Sell one short story and this course will more than pay for itself!
We'll look at:
- story openings
- using flashback
- creating characters
- writing dialogue
- viewpoint and tense
- settings and description, and
- how to end your story.
You'll be able to download writing exercises, a list of current short story markets (including how much you can expect to be paid), lecture handouts, and example short stories.
Towards the end of the course we'll look at one of the most important parts of the writing process - editing. You'll also get tips on proofreading, and how to prepare and submit your manuscript to fiction editors.
And in case you get struck down with it, we'll look at how to overcome writer's block.
The course is delivered using video lectures, writing exercises, information sheets, and sample stories to read.
Jane Bettany is a freelance writer, publisher and creative writing teacher with more than twenty years experience of writing fiction and non-fiction. Jane’s published stories and articles have appeared in women’s magazines, literary magazines and newspapers in the UK. She has an MA in Creative Writing and is a qualified teacher. She has been teaching creative writing since 2007 and loves to help aspiring authors achieve their writing goals and get on the path to publication.
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What our students say:
"A good mixture of presentation-style teaching, practical exercises, creative advice and industry insight."
“Informative and enjoyable, with plenty of exercises to develop and hone your craft."
“This course gave me the confidence to write and share my stories."
“Simple and easy to follow. I can hardly wait to get to the next lesson!"
"I've done other short story writing courses before and this is definitely the best."
"Straight to the point and immensely practical."