Short Story Writing Course

Learn how to create wonderfully engaging short stories with this seven-module, online course. It’s bursting with useful information, hints and tips to help you write stories that inspire and delight. And, we’ll also show you how to present them to publishers in a professional way to maximise your chances of publication and earn some extra cash – so enrol today.

"I found the course helpful, interesting and informative."
Nancy Beatie, Shropshire.

Course Overview

Short Story Writing – Be Creative, Earn Money!

Writing short stories can be a great way to flex your creative muscles, and earn some extra cash too – not to mention the sense of achievement you’ll feel seeing your work published. And this course is the perfect place to start learning how to craft your short story.

This concise online course has seven information-packed modules that’ll show you how to write wonderfully engaging short stories that will catch the editor’s eye and are ready for publication. You’ll start at the very beginning, with important advice on how to find ideas for your stories. Then you’ll move on to creating and developing characters, producing realistic dialogue, plotting and writing your story and using the correct format for submission to publishers. Finally we’ll show you how to do market research, send your work off for publication, enter competitions, write short stories for radio and promote yourself online. So, once you’ve completed the course you’ll have everything you need for short story success.

Your Course

The course has been specifically written for those wanting to learn how to write short stories for pleasure or publication. You don’t need any qualifications or prior training to enrol as we’ve written the course especially for novice writers – it’s easy to understand and takes you through the process of writing a short story from beginning to end.

Once you have enrolled, your seven course modules are available online, in the student area. The modules are ideal for viewing on tablets, as well as on your computer screen, so you can study when and where you please.

Summary of Course

The course will deal with all aspects of writing short stories. You learn how to:

  • Research suitable markets.
  • Develop convincing characters.
  • Write realistic dialogue.
  • Plot and write your stories for print and radio.
  • Enter competitions.
  • Promote yourself and your writing online.

Your course materials will guide you through the process – from the initial idea right through to the finished story – so that you have the best chance of producing something that publishers and readers will thoroughly enjoy.

Your Exams

There are three multiple-choice assignments for you to complete, as and when you are ready. You have to pass all the exams to achieve your certificate. But don’t worry – you can take them as many times as you like, and once you’ve passed we’ll show you the correct answer to any questions you got wrong.

You have one year’s access to the exams, which is more than enough time to complete the course and earn your certificate. Plus, having a time limit works wonders for your motivation! And, if you’ve not logged in for 30 days, we’ll send you a gentle reminder email to get you going again.

Your Tutor-Marked Assignment

As well as your multiple-choice exams you have the option to send in an assignment at the end of your studies. This will be marked by one of our specially trained tutors.

Your tutor for this course will be a professional writer who has had hundreds of short stories published so you know that the feedback you’ll receive is authoritative and well informed. Your tutor will give you constructive comment on your work so you’ll know what your strengths are and where your weaknesses lie. They will also give you any advice they feel is necessary to help you develop your writing further.

The feedback you receive will be invaluable to your development as a writer and gives you the chance to have your work reviewed by someone who understands the intricacies of the publishing world.

Course Extras

As well as your course modules, you have access to a wide range of support materials. These are updated and expanded on a regular basis, meaning you have the latest information. We’ve also included a student notice board, so you can communicate with other students.

And finally, there’s the assistance you’ll receive from our experienced team of student advisors. If you have questions, experience problems with your course materials or just need a friendly ear, simply contact us by email or phone.

So, now that you can see how we can help you take the first step on your path to short story writing success enrol and start studying today!

Enrolling is Easy

All you have to do is click the enrol button below, fill in your details and complete the transaction with your debit or credit card. As soon as your payment has gone through you can log in to the student area and start your Short Story Writing Course.

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Example Certificate

The Online Learning Circle Certificate of Completion will be available for you to download and print out once you’ve successfully passed the five multiple choice self-tests. You’ll need to achieve a mark of 70% or above to pass the exam. However, if you don’t manage it the first time, it’s no problem, just go back, study some more and retake the exam when you are ready. In fact, we are so keen for you to complete the course successfully, you can take the exams as many times as you need to reach the 70% pass mark. Once you’ve achieved the required pass mark, you’ll be given access to correct answers for all the questions so you can see where you went wrong.

Learn How to Publish Your Writing

We know that learning how to publish you work is all part of becoming a writer, even if it's not high on your list of priorities when you start out. So, no matter which of our writing courses you choose, we make sure you have all the information you need for when you're ready to take the publishing plunge.

You’ll learn how to:

  • do your market research
  • present your manuscript
  • approach editors and publishers like a professional
  • protect your copyright
  • decide if you want to self-publish or get paid

Whether you are writing articles, your novel, short stories, your memoirs or your family history you can be confident you'll have professional guidance at your fingertips to give you the best chance of seeing your work published.

By taking this course you’ll gain all the tools to make your project a success. And, it only takes a few minutes to get started.