Writing Short Fiction
Small words with big impact
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Exclusively available to members of Writers' HQ

Master writing short fiction with complex characters and compelling narratives

Grow your ideas and finish the course with at least one short story

Full of practical techniques for developing your writing skills and producing stellar short stories

Our writing short fiction course will help you see the bigger picture and compress it into short stories with real punch.

Short stories are all around us. But writing short fiction is not always super easy for writers, natch.

In fact, the shorter your story becomes, the harder it is to distil what really matters onto the page. I would have written a shorter letter, so the famous quote goes, but I didn’t have the time. 

Short stories have been here since the dawn of time. Based in the oral tradition (stop sniggering at the back), they’re the apocryphal family legends our grandmas/weird uncles used to tell us over Christmas dinner; they’re the school-yard urban myths; the sleepover ghost stories; the soliloquies in our diaries; the wine-soaked rants to that random person you cornered in the kitchen at that party after so-and-so dumped you. 

So how do you write truly great short fiction? The kind of short fiction that leaves you dribbling, slack-jawed, and slap-faced when you finish it. Those short stories you remember forever, like some weird dream-memory. Well. 

We can’t write it for you, but we can give you a nudge, a shove, and a poke with a sharp stick (whatever floats your boat) to help you on your way. 

With the help of writing prompts, advice from award-winning short fiction writers, inspiring exercises, and our awesome online community, you’ll come out the other side of Writing Short Fiction with at least one fully formed short story to call your very own – and maybe even send out into the world of literary magazines and competitions…

LESSONS IN
THIS COURSE

CONFLICT IS EVERYTHING
Finding conflict, capturing a character at bursting point, locating the fundamental human truth of your story in order to write truly great short fiction

WHERE TO START? WHERE TO STOP?
Where does your story start and end? 

 STRUCTURE, TENSE AND PERSPECTIVE
Writing conventional or unconventional narratives in short fiction, points of view, when to take a risk and when to play it safe

BUILDING CHARACTER
Make real people with good dialogue in just a few thousand words. 

WRITING IS REDRAFTING
Again and again and again – learn how to edit your short fiction, cut the fluff and find your theme

SEND YOUR STORY INTO THE WORLD!
How to submit a story, where to submit a story, why submit your stories and what happens next?

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