If you want to write fiction, then short stories are a great place to start and agreat source of income.
This course, led by author Jane Bettany, will show you how to find ideas, put your stories together and how to submit them to an editor. We will cover essential elements of story writing such as plot and structure, dialogue, characterisation, setting, tense, viewpoint and so much more!
Who should take this course
- Anyone who wants to craft short stories
- No academic qualifications required
Part 1 – Welcome
Welcome and Introduction
Part 2 – What are short stories?
How Short is Short?
Part 3 – Story Genres: What kind do you want to write?
Writing Exercise 1
Part 4 – Find your market before you start
Finding Your Market
Exploring Short Story Markets
Part 5 – Analysing Short Story Markets
Analysing the Market
Part 6 – Other ways to get your story published
Alternative Routes to Market
Part 7 – Where do you get your ideas?
Cook up a story
Cook up a story – Bonus Ideas
Part 8 – Create a Great Opening
The Great Opening
Part 9 – Plot and Structure
Develop a Plot and Structure
The Plot Structure Diagram
Your Story Plan Worksheet
Part 10 – Using Flashback
Introduction to Flashback
Gently Does It!
Gently Does It with Comments
Part 11 – Viewpoint
Deciding on Viewpoint
Part 12 – Deciding which tense to use
Choosing the Right Tense for your Story
Part 13 – The Essential Ingredient
Part 14 – Creating Characters
Naming Your Characters
Part 15 – Setting and Description
Introduction to Settings and Descriptions
Using the Five Senses
Part 16 – Writing Dialogue
Writing Believable Dialogue
Part 17 – Ending Your Story
Bringing it to an End
The Big Freeze
Mapping the Big Freeze
Part 18 – Editing Your Story
Editing Exercise Part A
Editing Exercise Part B
Another Editing Exercise
Yet Another Editing Exercise
Part 19 – Proofreading Your Work
Part 20 – Submitting your story to an Editor
Submitting Your Story
Cover Sheet Including Pen Name
Example Covering Letter
Part 21 – Dealing with Rejection
Part 22 – Overcoming Writer’s Block
Write, write, write
Part 23 – Action Plan
Your 12 Step Action Plan
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