Crafting The Short Story

Learn Easy Steps to Mastering Short Fiction

Do you have an idea that’s not quite wide enough in scope for a novel? Have you ever dreamed of being an author but would like to begin with short stories before you tackle novels? Or maybe you’ve already penned a few short stories but met with rejection after rejection.

In this workshop, you’ll learn all about what it takes to write for this shorter form.

You’ll learn-

The common mistakes beginning short story writers make

How to research the short story market before you write your first word

How to narrow down your plot to fit the shorter form

Creating characters readers will love

How to use narration and dialogue to add sparkle to your story

How to write realistic sounding dialogue

Here’s a breakdown of each lesson

Lesson 1-What is a Short Story and Common Writing Mistakes

Lesson 2-Researching Your Market

Lesson 3-Plotting your Story

Lesson 4-Creating Lifelike Characters

Lesson 5-Point of View

Lesson 6-Dialogue

Lesson 7-Narration

Lesson 8-Setting and Research

Lesson 9-Markets for Short Stories

Lesson 10-Self-Editing and Getting Ready to Submit


Your Instructor


Susan Palmquist
Susan Palmquist

Susan Palmquist is the author of over 100 books, including romance, mystery and writing instruction how tos. She also writes romances under her pen name, Vanessa Devereaux.

For the last seven years, she's been tutoring aspiring authors and teaching writing workshops through various chapters of the Romance Writers of America.

She also blogs on writing topics and is a book reviewer.


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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