Short Story Writing Class - Master the Short Story (Beginner)

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Learn to write short stories in WRITING FICTION: MASTER THE SHORT STORY

Do you dream of writing fiction, but you don't know how to begin? In this five-week course, you'll learn the fundamentals of narrative craft:

  • how to create complex characters
  • how to choose the best point of view for your story
  • how to structure your story
  • how to write dramatic, believable dialogue
  • how to draw readers into your fictional world with description

Who will benefit from this course?

Writing Fiction is designed to help beginning writers learn the skills they need to begin writing fiction. It is an introduction to fundamental elements of narrative craft. No prior experience in fiction writing is needed.

Intermediate and advanced writers working on long-form fiction should consider How to Plot and Structure Your Novel, Novel in Five or Novel in Nine.

What is included in this course?

Writing Fiction: Master the Short Story includes:

  • 8 video lessons
  • 16 written lessons
  • 10 assignments
  • 5 quizzes

Each module focuses on an essential element of narrative craft (see schedule below).

Practice what you've learned with engaging assignments.

Each module includes writing assignments to help you practice what you've learned and deepen your understanding of the material, as well as suggestions for further reading.

If you've always wanted to write a story but don't know where to begin, this course is for you. Taught by a New York Times bestselling author with more than a decade of experience teaching creative writing to graduate students, WRITING FICTION provides a great foundation for anyone interested in writing and publishing short fiction.


Week One: Characterization

Learn to create complex characters whose motivations and desires drive your story. Understand the primary methods of character revelation, and discover techniques for making your characters stand out. Define your protagonist and use his or her desires to help plot your story.

Week Two: Point of View

Learn the major points of view and how to use them. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of each point of view, and learn how to choose the best point of view for your story.

Week Three: Structuring the Short Story

Plot and structure are not the same! Learn the difference, and see how an improved structure can take your story from blah to brilliant. Discover the basic blueprint that works for all kinds of stories in any genre.

Week Four: Setting and Description

Learn how to ground your reader in place, and how to make the world of your story come alive through sensory details. Get past abstraction and understand the difference between significant detail and unnecessary description.

Week Five: Dialogue

Get your characters to talk. Learn how to deepen characterization through dialogue, and how to create conversations that progress the plot. Learn techniques for making dialogue sound authentic, and avoid the pitfalls that make for stilted dialogue.


By the end of this class, you will have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of narrative craft. You will have completed several exercises in short fiction and will have a clear understanding of how to write a short story.

Would you like to receive feedback on your work?

Please note: This is not a workshop course. If you would like to receive feedback from the instructor on your final story, please purchase the Critique Add-on.

Enroll now and get started today!