Short Fiction Mini Masterclass

A quick intro to little big stories


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Wanna know what this short fiction thang is all about? Wanna know the difference between a flash and a drabble? Wanna know how to harness story ideas and turn them into something tangible? Wanna discover the secret ingredient to all worthwhile fiction?

This quick ‘n’ dirty little intro to short fiction has all the answers you’re looking for, including:

  • How long is a short story?
  • How can you turn the most mundane anecdote into a story full of intrigue and conflict?
  • How do you drill down to the ‘fundamental human truth’ of a story?
  • How do you redraft and restructure and rework an idea until you find the *right* one?
  • And how do you make characterisation the juicy, emotive centre of a story?

PLUS: stellar short fiction examples and expert advice from authors like Paul McVeigh and Kit de Waal.

It’s a mini short fic overhaul, y’all.

Oh, and it’s FREEEEEE!

Learn the secret that lies at the heart of all short fiction.

Craft a story from start to finish with prompts and advice.

Join our lovely little online community to support you through starting, middling, finishing and beyond.


  • A mini masterclass of videos, exercises, advice and resources exploring the juicy innards of the short fiction process.
  • Inspiration, whip-cracking, writing exercises and prompts
  • Access to our private Forum full of super cool people to help and support you along the way, including Team WHQ, our specially-picked and hand-baked gang of badass writers.


AKA what we’ll be covering in this course

Part 1: How long is a short story?

Part 2: So this one time, at bandcamp…

Part 3: The nugget of fundamental human truth

Part 4: Project salvage

Part 5: Enter the story



  • Enrol

    Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining how you access the course. Spoiler: you click a link. Super simple.

  • Read, watch, do

    The lessons are a mix of text, images, videos and exercises. To get the most out of the course, try to give yourself some undisturbed time and space to read or watch the material and do the exercises. We’ve made them as bite-size as possible but also if you wanna do the thing you gotta do the work.

  • No rush

    This is a super mini course that can easily be read through in one sitting. HOWEVER, in order to do the exercises and let your writing develop and percolate, we recommend you tackle the whole thing over the course of a week or so. We’ll give you access to the course materials for four weeks so you can work at your own pace and because life always gets in the way and also because we’re nice.

  • No money? No problem

    This course is FREEEEE!

  • Milk no sugar

    Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwa.


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*When you book a place you’ll receive an email detailing how to access the course material. It can take about five minutes to come through, and remember to check your spam folder.