Write Short Stories That Sell

Creating Short Fiction for the Magazine Markets

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"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
  • conflict
  • 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.

Your Instructor

Jane Bettany
Jane Bettany

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.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts just as soon as you enrol and there's no time limit. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. You can study at whatever time suits you best.
How long do I have access to the course?
After purchase, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Do I need any qualifications to join the course?
No, absolutely not. This course is aimed at anyone interested in learning the craft of writing short stories. No previous experience is necessary – all you need is a creative imagination, plenty of enthusiasm, and a willingness to write!

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."

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