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Short Story Writing

City University London
Course summary
10 weeks
325 GBP
English
Part time
London
Next available date: 27/04/2020 - London
Open / Scheduled
Short Story Writing

Course description

Short Story Writing

The ideal course for those looking to learn the fundamentals of writing an engaging and creative short story.

This short story course enables both new and experienced writers to gain confidence in exploring and developing their creativity through short story writing, reading and group discussion.

What will I learn?

Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes on the Short Story Writing course, you will learn:

  • Develop your creativity and critical thinking, as well as your editing skills.
  • Practise a range of writing techniques from traditional approaches to more experimental methods.
  • Receive professional feedback on your work from a published writer and editor.
  • Gain insight into the writing industry, including publishing advice.

Course objectives:

  • To complete and submit a short story of 2000-5000 words in the genre of your choice.
  • To read, analyse and critique short stories by well-known writers, as well as those of your fellow students.
  • To understand how a short story works on different levels.
  • To learn strategies for improving your short story writing.
  • To practise using different fictional devices and techniques.
  • To engage with your work and others’ work both creatively and critically.
  • To experience short story writing as a combination of imagination and disciplined practice.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Prerequisite knowledge

Short story writing applicants must have a passion for writing and reading, and an ability to meet deadlines. You will need to submit one short story to the tutor by the end of the course.

English requirements

Fluent written and spoken English.

Training Course Content


  1. Introduction
  2. Ideas and Inspiration
  3. Character
  4. Dialogue
  5. Plot and Structure
  6. Setting and Descriptive Writing
  7. Narrative and Point of View, Short Story Workshop 1
  8. Genre and Style, Short Story Workshop 2
  9. Writers' Resources, Short Story Workshop 3
  10. Future Opportunities, Short Story Workshop 4

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City University London

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