Short Story Writing Course
Be inspired and supported to complete TEN short stories with this short story writing course.
In just SIX months, you will have a publishable short story collection
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.
"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
This Short Story Writing Course will Fit into your Life
You choose when you write - you will discover whether you are an early bird or a night owl.
You decide where you work - you may carve out a writing space at home or sit out in the sun.
I will support you 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 - this will identify where your strengths lie.
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 (access one-to-one and peer support)
For 26 weeks, you will receive your session each week (with bonus sessions about traditional publishing)
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Why wait? Sign up now and receive the first session straight to your inbox.
Prepare to feel proud of yourself - the course structure will ensure completion of TEN short stories within six months.
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.)
"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
The enjoyment you will have as you craft your collection of stories.
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.
"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
This course will ensure you complete and edit ten 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.
Two Course Plans are available:
For a one-off payment of £325, you get:
Comprehensive weekly notes and activities, delivered straight to your in-box for 26 weeks.
Tutor and Peer access through an on-line forum. Valuable for sharing ideas, issues and offering opinion on each other's work.
Lots of motivational hints and tips to ensure you 'make it.'
Professional advice and expertise to ensure your writing is the best it can be.
The guarantee that you will have a collection of ten short stories within six months. By following the instructions.
For a one-off payment of £445, you get:
Everything as above, and,
Three telephone/Facetime tutorials and three critiques of samples of your work in progress.
For £9 per 1000 words (includes 10% discount for course participants)
Professional manuscript appraisal service with proof reading and copy editing service at the end of the course. (go to Editing Service page for more information.)
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, 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
"Great course - structure and pace just right. Inspiring and Informative." Alison, Leeds
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 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 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 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)
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.