Jessica Miller is a children’s writer from Brisbane, currently living in London. Her first novel, Elizabeth and Zenobia, was shortlisted for the Text Prize and the Readings Prize and was a CBCA Notable Book, as was her second book, The Republic of Birds. Her third novel, The Hotel Witch will be released in February 2023. She has taught creative writing for adults and children in Brisbane, Berlin, and London.
Start Date: 9th January 2024
Duration: 6 Weeks
Places Remaining: 2
Explore the Art of Short Story Writing: Join Our Online Creative Writing Course
Welcome to the captivating world of short story writing, where you’ll embark on an enchanting six-week adventure designed to awaken your creative genius. Short stories offer readers a glimpse into diverse lives, emotions, and experiences within just a few pages. As a writer, short stories allow you to experiment with various styles, genres, and ideas, honing your skills and pushing the boundaries of your creativity.
Our online short story creative writing course provides a comprehensive, flexible, and immersive learning experience accessible from anywhere on the globe. Join the ranks of passionate storytellers who have discovered the allure of writing short stories, and register early to secure your spot in our course. Unleash your creative potential and uncover the secrets of crafting compelling narratives that will captivate readers and leave a lasting impression.
Our online short story writing course features six engaging modules, each focused on a unique aspect of storytelling. We recommend dedicating 2-3 hours per week to the course, allowing you to work through the text lessons at your own pace, as there are no set class times. Your tutor will email the first module to you on the course start date, and you can expect a new module to be released weekly in the form of text lessons (keep an eye on your SPAM folder to ensure you don’t miss it).
To ensure your progress, you will be assigned a dedicated online tutor to assess your weekly written assignments and provide personalized feedback.
As an added benefit, once the class ends, you’ll still have access to the course materials to refresh your memory or revisit specific topics.
Here is a quick look at what you should expect each week:
Lesson One: Short Story Essentials
This first lesson shows you how to start a short story, regardless of genre. It teaches core techniques concerning themes, balances narratives, and writing poetically.
Lesson Two: Short Story Characters
This module shows you how to write any character in a story through effective personification and other narrative techniques such as juxtaposition.
Lesson Three: Short Story Villains
This lesson builds on the previous one, showing you all of the antagonists you could include in a short story. It also teaches you how to write a self-conscious narrative with villains that will intrigue your reader.
Lesson Four: Short Story Settings
The fourth lesson shows you how to write about a place in a short story through photographic narratives and vivid metaphors that will impact your readers.
Lesson Five: Plot in a Short Story
This module walks you through creating a plot for a short story. It teaches you how to create non-traditional stories through contemporary techniques like flash fiction.
Lesson Six: Mistakes to Avoid in a Short Story
The final lesson walks you through the mistakes to avoid in the form, such as thematic balance and common tropes and cliches. It also shows you how to effectively edit your work for publication.
Begin Your Short Story Writing Journey Today:
Immerse yourself in our online short story creative writing course and harness the power of your imagination. With expert guidance, personalized feedback, and a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a skilled storyteller. Register now and unlock your writing potential; your creative genius awaits!