Read like a writer and write a short story
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Read like a writer and write a short story

Intermediate level
4.2 (5 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
42 students enrolled
Created by Farah Ahamed
Last updated 6/2019
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 13 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to read like a writer and write a short story
  • How to deconstruct and examine in depth what makes a good short story
  • How to critically analyse short stories written by classic and contemporary fiction writers ranging from Katherine Mansfield, Richard Yates, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • How to analyse technique and craft
  • How to develop plot
  • How to analyse and use dialogue
  • Understand the use of literary techniques such as symbolism and flashbacks
  • How to analyse conflict and resolution
  • How to edit
  • An interest in short stories

Learn how to read and write a short story by analysing texts from both international contemporary and classic authors as varied as Anton Chekhov, Richard Yates, Shirley Jackson, James Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Mansfield, Margaret Atwood  and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

By the end of this course you will have:

1. Learnt how to critically analyse and appreciate a short story for its technique in delivery;

2. Prepared the first draft of your own story;

3. Read a range of stories by international authors;

4. Been making notes of your own observations, experiences and emotions to help you write; and

5. Experimented with different aspects of the writing craft.

Sign up if you love reading short stories, have always wanted to be exposed to a more diverse range of authors and want to write one of your own.

Who this course is for:
  • Short story lovers
Course content
Expand all 24 lectures 01:23:10
+ Course Outline
2 lectures 02:29
Course Organisation
Course Structure
+ What does a good short story comprise of and how to brainstorm ideas
2 lectures 13:46
Identifying conflict and resolution
Conflict and resolution
5 questions
Lecture 2: Brainstorming Ideas
Learning to observe and write about what you see.
3 questions
+ Points of View
3 lectures 11:46
First Point of View
Point of View
2 questions
Second Person Point of View
Third Person Point of View
Identifying which Third Person Point of View has been used
Third Person Point of View
1 question
+ Developing plot
1 lecture 01:45
Consolidating ideas to write a plot
+ Titles
1 lecture 01:25
Finding a title for your story
Short story titles
1 question
Creating a name for your story
A title for your short story
1 question
+ Internal and External Conflict
3 lectures 13:09
What is the difference between internal and external conflict?
Identifying (1) internal conflict (2) themes and (3) point of view in a story
4 questions
Internal Conflict
External Conflict
Developing conflict in your plot
Developing conflict
1 question
+ Literary Techniques and First Paragraphs
2 lectures 08:03
Literary Techniques
Identifying symbolism in Eveline
Identifying symbolism in a short story
1 question
Starting your story - your first paragraph
Using the plot you have developed to write the first paragraph of your story.
Starting your story
1 question
+ Characters
1 lecture 16:38

1.Learn to differentiate between direct and indirect characterisation. 2. Learn to identify the type of characterisation used in a short story.

Identifying direct and indirect characterisation
2 questions
Use the plot you have created to write a backstory for your protagonist
Developing a backstory
1 question
Developing setting and emotions
Character development
2 questions
+ Use of Dialogue
4 lectures 07:21
Purpose of Dialogue
Analysing tone and the use of dialogue
Tone and Dialogue
2 questions
How to write focused dialogue
Developing conflict through dialogue
Conflict and Dialogue
1 question
Narrative and Dialogue
Continue to write your story up to its turning point by combining (1) narrative and dialogue and (2) literary techniques such as symbolism, flashbacks, character foils and stream of consciousness. Use dialogue to move your story forward and build conflict.
Writing your story up to its conflict scene
1 question