Write a Collection of Short Stories in Six Months

Achieve your Writing Goals

Be inspired and supported to complete TEN short stories

In just SIX months, you will have a publishable short story collection

26 week course - £12.50 per session, with bonus materials

write short stories
write a collection of short stories


This course will fit into your life

You choose when and where you write

You will be supported to plan, draft and edit all ten of your stories

You will write in a variety of genres, from crime to romance, and many more

I will give you all the tools and techniques to become a successful writer

Writing will become a regular part of your life

At each stage of the course, and beyond, you won't be alone

You can opt in for 3 telephone tutorials and critiques of extracts of your work in progress - more info if you follow the 'sign-up' link


For 26 weeks, you will receive your session each week.  (with bonus sessions at the end about becoming published)

Write in a variety of genres
Write in a variety of genres

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You will receive the first session to your inbox.  Prepare to feel really proud of yourself - the course structure will ensure completion of TEN short stories within six months.

Editing and submission advice will be given so you're ready to either market directly to your readers using the 'indie publishing' option or you will learn how to submit to other outlets such as publishers, anthologies and competitions.

be supported to edit and polish your stories until they shine
be supported to edit and polish your stories until they shine


My Risk-Free Promise

You will love this course and it will help you achieve your dream of becoming a published writer.

I am so confident of this, that I promise a refund within the first 30 days, should you decide it's not for you. (*Subject to a small administration/transaction fee)


Imagine ...

The enjoyment you will have as you craft your collection of stories

The anticipation when you begin sending your work out for publication

The satisfaction of completing ten different stories

The thrill of breaking out of your writing 'comfort zone'

The excitement of being paid for your creative passion

The joy of seeing your work in print

Described as 'Weightwatchers for Writers,' each session costs £12.50


For this you will get:

The guarantee that you will have a collection of ten short stories within six months, if you follow the guidance

Comprehensive weekly notes and activities, delivered straight to your in-box for 26 weeks

Tutor and Peer access through an on-line forum Facebook Account Necessary

 Tuition through a range of skills which will develop you as a writer

Professional advice and expertise to ensure your writing is the best it can be

Optional 3 telephone tutorials and critiques of extracts of your work in progress - follow the sign-up link for more information

make money from your writing
make money from your writing


This course will ensure you complete and edit 10 short stories

  • It will enable you to find time and place and develop a routine for your writing
  • It will inspire you to get started on each story and be excited about finishing
  • It will help you to hone your skills as a writer
  • You will learn about the writing world and how to get noticed
  • It will motivate you to complete story after story with a huge feeling of achievement
  • You will learn about story structure and the differing requirements of each genre

Write a Collection of Short Stories in Six Months

You will write in the following genres:

flash fiction, supernatural, romance, science fiction, crime, children's, young adult, fantasy, historical & comedy


You will gain new tools for your 'writer's toolbox:'

'death of the author,' improving vocabulary, 'show, don't tell,' dialogue, characterisation, atmosphere, tension, pace, obstacles all writers face, defining your USP, interweaving text, plotting and planning


You will be supported to 'live as a writer'

Editing, presentation, outlets and options for publication

Networking and Promoting yourself as a writer

You will spend up to three weeks on each genre, being supported to plan, draft, then edit, resulting in ten completed short stories by the end of the course.

online short story course
online short story course


Also available ...

Access to a closed on-line (Facebook) forum overseen by the course tutor.  Valuable for sharing ideas, issues and opportunities with other course participants whilst offering opinion on each other's work.

Optional professional manuscript appraisal service with proof reading and copy editing service at a discounted rate at the end of the course.

Optional 3 telephone tutorials and critiques of your work in progress - more info if you follow the sign-up link.

There are two ways to write your short story collection

1.  The Hard Way
  • Using your own motivation and discipline to stay on task
  • Finding advice and inspiration in books and on-line
  • Asking friends/family to provide a second opinion on work
  • Finding other writers with whom to share experiences
  • Finding your own way through the many aspects that culminate in wonderful stories
2.  The Easy Way
  • Never facing the 'blank page.'  You will be inspired and taught new techniques throughout the course
  • Knowing that motivational advice is all in one place, week after week
  • The option of a professional critique
  • A forum of other writers, all working though the same course and using a similar approach to achieve success with their writing
  • A knowledge that you will be supported from idea generation through publication and beyond

    A wonderful investment to make in your writing dream

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                get your writing                   published


Commonly Asked Questions

Will I really write a Collection of Short Stories within Six Months?

Yes!  If you follow my prescribed method of regular writing.  Each session will contain a warm-up activity and the inspiration and guidance to plan, draft and edit your story over three sessions.

You will learn about each genre and your writing skills will be developed.

Won’t I need a lot of discipline to get going?

Not discipline, more desire.  You will probably find that once you start, you won’t be able to bear to stop.  You will find yourself planning storie as you go about your life and noticing things more that you can use in your writing.

How will it fit into my lifestyle?

I send the 26 weekly sessions to your in-box every Monday.   It’s up to you what day and time of day you access them.  You decide when you complete the exercises, arranging your time when your writing will fit in with your other commitments.  I offer guidance around this.

Isn’t it isolating trying to work on my own?

Writing is a solitary activity so later in the course, I provide information about networking as a writer, both online and socially.

Also, as a course participant, you will gain access to the Facebook forum with other participants of the ‘Write a Short Story Collection Course,’ where you can swap and share ideas, thoughts, news and gain feedback on each other’s work.  I also dip into this group and can be contacted through it, or by email.

What if I change my mind?

The course is one of the few online writing courses that come with a risk-free 30 day money back guarantee.  (*Subject to a small admin/transaction fee – see t&c’s)

How will I know what to do with it once I have written it?

In the latter stages of the course, guidance is given around preparing and presenting your manuscript for submission to get it published along with guidance about independent publishing and traditional publishing.

How will I know if what I am writing is any good?

All writers have this doubt.  I recently saw a tweet from JK Rowling expressing this!  As you progress through the course and your writing skills improve, your fiction will strengthen along with your voice as a writer.  Writing is a craft and the course will equip you to improve and be able to self-assess and edit till your manuscript is as polished as can be. 

What if I want some feedback on my work?

The group forum is ideal for this or you can use my manuscript appraisal service when you have completed the course, once you have got your collection of stories to the best possible place it can be first.

You can also opt in for the three telephone consultations which will include the critiques of three writing extracts (up to 500 words each)

If you have any further questions that haven’t been covered in this list or want any help with anything then drop me a line  mariastephenson1973@outlook.com


This could be the best decision you ever make as a writer

see your work in print
 see your work in print

Testimonials

"This is a very informative and supportive course led by a knowledgeable and nurturing teacher.  I looked forward to each session as an outlet for creativity I'd forgotten I had!" Jo, Leeds

"Great course - structure and pace just right.  Inspiring and Informative."  Alison, Leeds

"I would never have been able to achieve what I have without this guidance.  There were many things about the process of writing that I would never have thought of.  The tutor is enthusiastic and encouraging.  If you have always wanted to write, sign up for this course - it will be the best thing you have ever done!" Adele, Harrogate

"Inspiring course.  I honestly never thought I would be as motivated as I have been.  This is all down to Maria!  She really made me want to do it!" Yve, Leeds

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