Write great short stories: learn from a prizewinning author!
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Write great short stories: learn from a prizewinning author!

Improve your creative writing; create, polish and publish short stories, all under the guidance of an acclaimed writer.
3.8 (26 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
810 students enrolled
Created by Nicola Valentine
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Generate and develop ideas for short stories
  • Draft short stories
  • Edit and polish written prose
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  • Students will need to know how to write in English, and have reasonable grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Want to write great short stories? Want to improve your creative writing and get feedback from a prize winning author? Then this course is for you.

Working through the life cycle of a story from idea to publication, you'll learn everything you need to know to be a successful short story writer. Find ideas, get playful, learn about drafting, structure and polishing your work, and how to publish yourself too. The course continues with extra help once your story is out there. Learn how to publicize your work, as well as dealing with feedback and reviews with a smile on your face.

Led by Authors' Club and Betty Trask Award winning author Nicola Monaghan (aka best selling thriller writer Niki Valentine), this course contains over two and a half hours of video lectures on creative writing, as well as plenty of additional material in the form of resource sheets and proformas. There are regular exercises throughout, and you'll get the chance to post examples of your writing and get feedback. There's also a bonus free ebook 'The Night Lingers and other stories' by Nicola Monaghan, available to download towards the end of the lectures, as a thank you for choosing this course.

Enrol on this course now, and start flexing your creative writing muscles and writing great stories!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for students relatively new to creative writing. It is ideal for someone who would like to write their first short story, or anyone who wants to improve their story writing.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
Introductions: what the course is about and a bit about me
2 Lectures 06:21

Some advice on how to get the most out of the course.

How to get the most out of the course
Where a good story starts: the idea
5 Lectures 14:21

The answer to the question I get asked most as a writer!

Preview 04:43

Information about writing prompts and exercises that can help you find ideas

Writing prompts and exercises

Some thoughts on alternatives to writing exercises and prompts.

Other ways to generate ideas

How to make sure your best ideas don't slip into oblivion!

Ways of collecting and keeping ideas

Recap of section 2.

Lecture 7: Recap, finding ideas
1 page
Developing ideas
4 Lectures 24:25

The basics of story structure

Preview 05:53

How to tell if your idea is right for a short story.

Evaluating ideas

How to write a great opening for your story


How to write a satisfying ending for your story


A quiz on this section

Quiz: Developing ideas
5 questions
Getting it down: the first draft
4 Lectures 13:08

Explanation of the drafting method and how it can help you write a good story.

Preview 04:15

How to go about writing your first draft.

Writing a first draft of your story

Ways of working as a writer.

Finding a writing process

A short recap of the section, with an exercise to consolidate.

Drafting recap and exercise
Getting it good: the redrafting and polishing process
4 Lectures 20:26

How to edit and improve your short story

Redrafting your story

Analyse your story's structure as part of the redrafting process.

More thoughts on story structure

How to copy edit your own work and get it as near as you can to perfect

Preview 05:29

How to know when your story is finished and ready for the world.

How to know when you're finished
9 pages
Getting it out there: how to get a story published
5 Lectures 26:47

A rundown of the options available in the current publishing environment

Preview 03:53

How to go about sending your story out into the world

Submitting your story

How to cope when your story is rejected and keep on keeping on

Dealing with rejection

How to go about self-publishing your work

Self publishing

Consolidate your learning from this section and decide on a current route for your stories. NB you can change your mind at ANY time!

Publishing pro forma - decide on your current publication route
1 page
Once your work is out there - what next?
5 Lectures 22:01

Advice on dealing with responses to your work, negative or positive.

Dealing with feedback and reviews

How to get the word out about your published work.

Preview 11:46

Some of the best advice I've had; inspiration from Alan Sillitoe and one of his short stories.

Keep on keeping on

Summary of the course and a few last words

A final word

Some final details, and a link to a free ebook of my short stories for your reading pleasure :)

BONUS lecture - free content and useful links
About the Instructor
Nicola Valentine
3.8 Average rating
26 Reviews
810 Students
1 Course
Prize winning novelist, screenwriter and lecturer

I'm a prize winning novelist as Nicola Monaghan, and also write best selling thrillers as Niki Valentine. I've published novels, short stories, articles in magazines and national newspapers and pieces for broadcast on BBC radio. I've also written and produced short films and am working on my first feature.