Short Story Writing Course

Everyone lives a life full of stories

Be inspired and supported to complete TEN short stories with this short story writing course

Achieve your Writing Goals

You will write in the following genres:

Flash fiction, supernatural, romance, science fiction, crime, children's, young adult, fantasy, historical and 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. 

Each three weekly 'block' contains an emphasis on a particular writing skill.

Two Course Plans are Available (with an instalment option)


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"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

Why wait? Sign up now and receive the first session.

Prepare to feel proud of yourself - the course structure will ensure completion of TEN short stories within one year.

You will then learn how to present them as a collection - perhaps a bestseller!

Editing and submission advice will be given so you're ready to market directly to your readers or submit to traditional outlets such as publishers, anthologies and competitions.

My Risk-Free Promise

You will love this short story writing 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. (This is subject to a small administration charge - see t&c's.)

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"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

Imagine ...

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

There are Two Ways to approach writing your Short Story Collection …

1.  The  More Difficult 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.

It is possible to succeed this way but why not give yourself the greatest chance of success and opt for ...

2.  The Easier Way (which is what this course will provide)

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, every fortnight.

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 wonderful investment to make in your writing dream



"An 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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Commonly Asked Questions

Will I really write a Collection of Short Stories within One Year?

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 stories 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 your course in 26 sessions to your in-box every fortnight.  You decide when you complete the exercises, arranging your time when your writing will fit in with your other commitments.

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 Writing 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.  (see t&c’s for more info)

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)

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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.

Or click here to arrange a fifteen minute chat with me.  A chance to ask questions or discuss your writing aspirations.

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