How to Write a Short Story
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How to Write a Short Story

Six steps to writing your short story without getting caught up in the minutiae.
4.5 (6 ratings)
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24 students enrolled
Created by Barbara Burgess
Last updated 3/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to write and FINISH a short story.
Requirements
  • Student need to have read one short story in their life.
Description

This course is not just about writing.  It is about finishing what you start.

In this class, I'll share with you my six step process for writing short stories.  I'll not only tell you about the steps, but I'll show you how I do them. 

During this class, I'll write a short story from scratch in front of you in realtime.  You'll get to watch my screen as I explore, and I'll talk you through what I'm thinking to give the most complete picture of the process.


Who this course is for:
  • Writers.
  • Aspiring writers.
  • Pleasure writers.
  • Professional writers.
Course content
Expand all 31 lectures 03:22:08
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:42

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

I’m Barbara. I’ll be leading this class for you.

You might know me as Barbara Ann Burgess which is the pen name under which my children’s books are written. You can use the links below to take a look at those.

You might also know me from my other course - How to Write a Children’s Book in 7 Days or Less which you can find on this platform as well. Simple click my name in the teacher section, and you’ll see all of my current courses.

Teaching Style:

My teaching style is quick, casual and actionable. I’ve been teaching for over 15 years in the health and wellness industry. This has trained me to not get lost in the fluff and get to the actionable steps as quickly as possible.

I’ll not only tell you the steps you need to take to write your short story, but I’ll also show you how to execute those by writing a short story in this course.

Project:

By the end of this course, you will have completed a short story. You are welcome to share this story with the world or keep it to yourself. Total up to you.

Links:

Children’s Books - wearemakingstories.com

Personal Log - hellothisisbarbara.com
Author Site - authorbaburgess.com


Preview 02:42
+ Step One: Brainstorming
3 lectures 15:23

Step One:  Brainstorming.

  • Keep it as simple as possible

  • Keep it quick - 10 minutes

Preview 02:11
My Brainstorming Session
10:59
Some Notes
02:13
+ Step Two: Mining
6 lectures 30:27
Mining - Finding Details
01:12
My Mining Sessions
10:47
Mining - Pick Three
01:11
My Pick Three
10:57
Mining - Choose One
02:53
My Choose One
03:27
+ Step Three: Summarizing
6 lectures 41:19
My Sales Copy
10:55
Summarizing - Spill One
01:15
My Spill One
11:50
Summarizing - Spill Two
02:50
My Spill Two
11:07
+ Step Four - Mapping
2 lectures 23:24
Mapping
02:58
My Mapping Session
20:26
+ Step Five - Drafting
6 lectures 53:58
Drafting
03:36
My Drafting Session
22:07
Drafting - One more thing
03:09
Finished with the 2nd Draft - What's next?
01:11
My 3rd Draft Session - 10 minutes
12:47
My 4th Draft Session - 10 minutes
11:08
+ Step Six - Finalizing
6 lectures 22:34
The Three Readers Method
02:14
My First Reader
17:15
My Third Reader
01:14
Read It One More Time
00:14
My Final Read
00:32
Mission Complete!
01:05