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Short story writing - 6 Month Course

The short story is the ultimate test of your writing skills. With no room for elaborate story lines and padding, no space and time to develop characters in great detail, the short story is to many writers, harder than writing a novel. In the short story you must introduce your reader to your world, tell the story with believable characters and bring the whole thing to a resolution, in just a few thousand words.
 

In this specially tailored course, you’ll learn what makes a short story work, how to use dialogue, characters and setting. You’ll receive personal feedback and encouragement on the 6 assignments set, and you’ll be guided through the process of writing your short story, editing it, and finding suitable markets to send your story to.
 

With 6 months in which to complete the course, you’ll find the motivation and tools to take your short story writing to the next level and reach your full potential.
 

1) Characters and setting.
 

Characters drive the short story and it’s important to pay close attention to how you write them. Learn how to write fully developed characters your readers will care about.Receive tips and the tools needed to pin down your setting so your story can live.
 

Assignment: 

Write a list of your characters and give them their lives. Include as much detail as possible. Describe the setting and how your characters operate in this place.
 

2) Plot.
 

Plot is vital in a short story because everything has to be done on a small scale. Learn how to understand the difference between plot and story and how to use plot in your work to write a better short story.
 

Assignment: 

Write a worksheet explaining your plot, including your main plot and any sub plots you’ve decided upon.
 

3) The importance of dialogue.
 

Dialogue is essential in a short story if you want your characters to live their lives on the page. Here you’ll learn the importance of speech and how it can transform your short story.
 

Assignment: 

Write a scene from your planned story using nothing but dialogue. Make your characters speak in their voices.

4)Writing the first draft.
 

You’ve done your groundwork and preparation, you’ve learned the tools you need to write great short fiction, now it’s time to actually put your story down on the page.
 

Assignment: 

Write the first draft of your short story.

5) Editing.
 

Editing a short story shouldn’t take too long compared to a novel due to the sheer difference in length, but it’s still important to pay attention to the details. Put your spelling and punctuation under a microscope and edit like a pro.
 

Assignment: 

Edit your story and hand in your finished product.
 

6) Finding markets.
 

Your short story is ready to go out into the world, but where do you send it? There are a lot of possible markets for your short story, but you’ll need to do some research. Find out how to find the right place for your story.
 

Assignment: 

Find as many markets for your short story as possible and make a list.

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