How to Write a Short Story
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Course DescriptionIf you're a reader and thought you might like to try your hand at short story writing but just don't know how to get started, this course will help!As you advance through this course, you're going to learn the correct way to write a short story. More than that, you're going to learn the aspects of every good short story as well as learn how to create your own wonderful works!Amateur short story writers try to write their stories like miniature novels. Their stories read as either an excerpt or a condensed novel. Unfortunately, undisciplined writers do not write short stories that are complete. They overlook the fundamentals--such as--what sets the short story apart from a novel, and why one can never be substituted for the other.
This course will show you how to write effectively and creatively. So join us today! And let's write some short stories that people will want to read!
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Lesson 1: The Differences between a Short Story and a NovelTo write short stories it's important that one have a good understanding of what one is and how they differ from novels. This lesson examines in detail what they are and how they differ from and novels.
Lesson 2: Starting a Short StoryWhile novels may have lengthy introductions with background information, short stories do not. With short stories you need to jump right in and work to advance the plot. This lesson explores all the ins and outs of starting a short story.
Lesson 3: Writing a Catchy First ParagraphThe first paragraph of a short story is the biggest determining factor as to whether or not the reader will continue reading or not. This lesson looks at what goes into writing a great opening paragraph.
Lesson 4: Developing CharactersWhile a strong opening to a short story is essential, the characters are the glue that hold it together. In this lesson you will learn about what should go into developing a character.
Lesson 5: Choosing a Point of View and TenseThe point of view your story will take is an important factor. This lesson explains the differences in points of view and tenses and when it's appropriate to use each of them.
Lesson 6: DialogueDialogue is one of the most important and interesting things that goes on in a short story. But how do you write it correctly? This lesson looks at the rules of writing good dialogue.
Lesson 7: Setting, Context, and PlotIn this lesson you will learn about how to go about writing the setting, context, and plot of the story. A lot of what you have learned so far starts coming together with this lesson.
Lesson 8: Conflict and TensionConflict and tension are key elements to any short story. This lesson breaks down and explains the rules of how to use it in writing short stories.
Lesson 9: Building to a ClimaxAll good short stories must build to a climax. This lesson explains what the climax is and when it's ideal to reach it.
Lesson 10: The ResolutionThis lesson focuses on the resolution to the conflict in the short story. It covers what it is and how it's used.
Lesson 11: Tips for Writing Your Short StoriesThis lesson covers information about writing short stories, finding fresh ideas, and finding a market to get them published.
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Course Title: How to Write a Short StoryCourse Number: 7550283Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countriesCourse Type: How ToCEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earnedAssessment Method: Lesson assignments and review examsInstructor: Melissa BehrendSyllabus: View SyllabusDuration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!Requirements: View Technical RequirementsCourse Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00
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Learning OutcomesBy successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the differences between a short story and a novel.
- Demonstrate writing techniques that start a short story.
- Describe ways to write a catchy first paragraph.
- Summarize ways to develop characters.
- Describe how to choose a point of view and tense.
- Demonstrate how to properly write dialogue.
- Define setting, context, and plot.
- Identify conflict and tension.
- Build a climax.
- Demonstrate writing out the resolution, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An Introduction Assignment 5 Lesson 1 Assignment: The Short Story Assignment 20 Lesson 1: The Differences between a Short Story and a Novel Exam 8 Lesson 2 Assignment: Characters Assignment 20 Lesson 2: Starting a Short Story Exam 8 Lesson 3 Assignment: Show, Don't Tell Assignment 20 Lesson 3: Writing a Catchy First Paragraph Exam 8 Lesson 4 Assignment: Good Characters Assignment 20 Lesson 4: Developing Characters Exam 7 Lesson 5 Assignment: Simple Tense Assignment 20 Lesson 5: Choosing a Point of View and Tense Exam 10 Lesson 6 Assignment: Writing Dialogue Assignment 30 Lesson 6: Dialogue Exam 10 Lesson 7 Assignment: What's the plot? Assignment 20 Lesson 7: Setting, Context, and Plot Exam 8 Lesson 8 Assignment: Conflicts Assignment 20 Lesson 8: Conflict and Tension Exam 10 Lesson 9 Assignments: The Climax Assignment 20 Lesson 9: Building to a Climax Exam 8 Lesson 10 Assignment: The Resolution Assignment 20 Lesson 10: The Resolution Exam 8 Lesson 11 Assignment: Short Story Writing Assignment 40 Lesson 11: Tips for Writing Your Short Stories Exam 10 Total Points: 350
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- "What was most helpful was being able to access the materials 24/7. The instructor explained each lesson with good examples and links to further reading. I also loved the testing process." -- Harriet S.
- "Entire course was helpful!...The instructor was just fabulous. She knows her material and is supportive. She also has consistently fast grading turn around." -- Cecil B.
- "I found the whole course helpful, but I think one of the most helpful part was the lesson on "Showing not Telling"" -- Eric B.
- "This course gave me a structure to follow and because of this I gained more confidence and definitely more clarity in my writing. The instructor was pleasant and immediately responsive. What was most helpful to me was the additional reading material that reinforced what the lesson was about and other sites that will be helpful for a long time. The structure was great and the feedback helpful as well." -- Beverly H.
- "The instructor was very supportive, and downright inspiring!" -- Tyrone R.
- "All parts were helpful. Identifying the parts of the short story or rather the components of a short story." -- Patricia L.
- "The assignments challenged me to apply the information presented in each lesson. I also appreciated the exams. This course helped me to develop a good foundation for short story writing by explaining the basic information that every writer should know. I am now very confident that I have the right foundation for future writing projects." -- Sherma C.
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