Writing and Selling Short Stories

Learn how to write compelling short stories that appeal to both editors and readers!

During this intensive course you will learn how to create well-structure, engaging short stories. You'll also learn how to identify target markets for your work, build relationships with editors, and write fiction that meets their needs.

The course includes 6 modules and 6-tutor-marked assignments. The course material is delivered directly to your email address as pdf files, which you can save to your computer and print off. You can also purchase additional printed notes to accompany your course.Study topics

Study topics include: short story plotting and structure; analysing market needs; understanding your target reader; working with editors; dialogue; focus; characterisation; identifying markets, including traditional magazine markets and online markets; selling your work successfully.

The assignments in this course are flexible and can be adapted to suit your current writing skills and level of experience. So they might include working on your core writing skills or you might spend more time concentrating on current projects, identifying potential markets and learning how to sell your stories successfully, with help and support from your personal tutor.Work with an experienced short story author to develop your writing skills.

The course includes 200 pages of information divided into 6 easy-to-follow modules, and full tutorial support. It involves approximately 50 hours of study time and the 6 tutor marked assignments will help you to put your new skills into practice, with expert guidance from your tutor. You can work through the course at your own pace and have up to 12 months to complete your studies.

Why Choose Us?

When you become a student you’re assigned an expert personal tutor who you can contact at any time by email and who will work with you throughout your course. A member of your support team is also available by instant chat between 9 am and 9 pm, 7 days a week, to answer any questions you might have at time to suit you.

Payment Options

Winter Offer until 31st March, 50% discount - only £145  (normal price £290)


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You can pay by instalments - four monthly payments of just £24.16. (Total cost: £145.)

Add Printed Notes

Ring binder

Our courses are delivered online as pdf files. They can be saved to your computer or printed off. However, you can also order printed notes to accompany your course. These include all of the course notes in the pdfs as well as additional activities and space to allow you to make notes as you work through the course. Printed in B&W, the workbooks are supplied in attractive, matching A4 ring binders. Price includes post & packing. This option is only available to UK-based students.

The cost is £60 including courier fees.

You will be offered the option to purchase a printed copy of the course notes after enrolment, but you can order them at any time during your course. This offer is only available to students currently enrolled on the course.