The Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course
Price: R 7 495.00
Literary Short Story and Flash Fiction Course
Learn how to write winning short stories
All the basics of short story writing in one course
The Literary Short Story and Flash Fiction Course is for you if you’ve always wanted to write stories, but didn’t know how to get started.
With the support and guidance of an award-winning writer, you’ll learn invaluable writing skills and techniques. What’s more, gain the confidence and expertise to write publishable stories – and submit them to literary publications around the world.
This course helps you ditch the doubts, overcome procrastination and finally write down the stories that have been living inside your head.
The Literary Short Fiction Course Gives You...
Unleash Your Creativity in Your Short Stories
A creative writer’s how-to guide
This course provides you with all the tools you need to write short stories. You’ll also get tips and support on getting your stories published in literary print and online journals. Walk away with eight short stories ready for the publisher’s desk!
Our tutors have an open-door policy on questions. The more you ask, the better you are likely to do.
During this course, you’ll discover:
- how to create convincing characters
- the structure and plot of a good short story
- how to write realistic dialogue
- how point of view affects your story
- how to write flash fiction
- how to edit your work before submitting it
- where to send stories for publication, both locally and internationally
‘My tutor was amazing. She was very prompt with her feedback and marking, and very clear in her feedforward. I highly recommend this course to anybody who needs the motivation to begin writing.’
Victoria Hathaway, Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course
Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.
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NUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTS
The assignments vary in length.
NUMBER OF MODULES
These modules cover around 200 pages of course notes.
Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of 12 months.
START DATE: ANYTIME
Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.
Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required. No previous tertiary qualification required.
Our Graduate Students' Successes
We are proud of our graduates who have achieved success. Here are a few among dozens of our creative writing success stories.
Meet the Tutors
You can either select a tutor when you apply, or we will assign a tutor based on your area of interest.
Keletso Mopai is a South African storyteller and qualified geologist. She is among the 2020 Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. Her work has been published by highly regarded journals such as Catapult, Joburg Noir, Ake Review, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Lolwe, The Temz Review, Omenana Magazine, Brittle Paper, Sunday Times, The Kalahari Review, The Ebedi Review, DRUM, Praxis Magazine, African Writer, and among others. Her debut collection of short stories titled If You Keep Digging was published in 2019 by BlackBird Books; the book made the Brittle Paper Top Debut Books of 2019. Mopai’s short stories have made finalists for The Writivism Short Story Prize, The Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction, The Africa Book Club Competition, and The Brittle Paper Award for Fiction. She has participated in writing workshops such as the Short Story Day Africa Flow Workshop and the Writivism Mentorship Program. She was an invited speaker at the 2019 Open Book Festival, the Abantu Book Festival, Time of The Writer Literary Festival, South African Cities Network’s Urban Festival, and the South African Book Fair. Keletso studied geology and chemistry, and has a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Geology.
An Introduction to the Short Story
- What is a short story?
- Getting started
- Getting into a routine
- Battling writer’s block
- Some writing tips
Ten Basic Tools for Creative Writers
- Use Anglo-Saxon not Latinate words
- Show don’t tell
- Use the active voice
- Cut adverbs and replace them with stronger verbs
- Point of view
- The three components of creative writing
- Writing action – reduce stage directions
- Writing descriptions – be specific
- Writing dialogue
- Character-driven writing
- Types of characters
- Knowing your characters
- Presenting characters
- The importance of the ‘back story’
- The importance of the right name
- The function of dialogue
- Writing believable dialogue
- Starting your story with dialogue
- Writing authentic dialogue
- The use of ‘said’
- Using slang and dialect effectively
- Using silence as part of the dialogue
- How to convey thoughts
Choosing Your Point of View
- Writing from the first-person point of view
- Writing from a second-person point of view
- Writing from a third-person point of view
- What is plot?
- Key elements of plot
- Various plot patterns
- The twist in the tale
- Sourcing ideas for plots
Structure, Setting and Style
- The definition of structure in a story
- Structural devices to add interest
- Writing style: Using metaphors for maximum impact
- How settings can define your story – or not
- Why edit?
- The importance of word count
- Lean and mean is good
- Tying up the loose ends
Writing Flash Fiction
- What is flash fiction?
- Key elements of flash fiction writing
- Where to submit flash fiction
Publishing Your Story
- Breaking the rules
- Outlets for literary work
- Literary competitions
This course offers an advanced course option
What Our Students Say
The Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course pushed my writing to its limits and me beyond my comfort zone - I feel I’ve grown so much as a writer as well as a person because of it. I cannot say enough positive things about Alex. Her insight was deep; I felt all my attempts at motifs, themes and symbolism were fully understood by her. There was an elegant, delicate honesty about Alex’s feedback – it was very genuine and constructive as well as very encouraging. She held me to higher standards and also fostered my every attempt to meet the mark. The Writers College is a hidden gem among online writing programs. It has the high, rich quality of an Oxford Continuing Education writing course for an incredibly affordable cost. I cannot recommend it enough in all my writing circles.
I liked the fact there were many opportunities to write stories. Having completed the course, I’m glad I picked this one from the many on offer. My tutor was very clear in her explanations, which I appreciated. Her comments were not restricted to course content either. If she spotted something in a story that didn’t ring true, she’d raise it. It was great to get that sort of feedback. She was also super-quick with returning module assessments and sent through an extremely comprehensive report at the end of the course. I loved it. I would not hesitate to enrol in another course!
I thoroughly enjoyed each course module and looked forward to the next! I am sorry it has now finished. It’s been challenging, and I have learnt a lot. The collection of notes will make very good reference material for my future work. My tutor Alex was very warm, positive and encouraging. I never doubted for a moment that she knew what she was talking about when it came to writing; her feedback made sense, particularly in the context of the module. I was very happy with her. This course opened up and clarified a lot of areas in writing I had been struggling with. It gave me a great opportunity to write and just keep writing. The ten modules in twelve months allowed plenty of time to work at my own pace. The tougher the module, the more satisfying it was to complete it! It was a challenging and instructive course, full of useful examples from great authors.
It was a concise and thorough course; I learnt a huge amount. I have done three courses with the Writers’ College now and realise I have barely scraped the surface of what I need to do and the journeys I have to go on to become a vaguely useful writer. I never anticipated how challenging flash fiction would be so I would like to do more. Alex rocks; she is calm and collected, which is necessary because I reckon new writers are terribly nervous and emotionally immature about their work. We are like toddlers: we need to be guided into maturity with patience and encouragement. She has a very classical eye which balanced out my tendency to want to break the bank, and in the end, I think that yin-yang was good for my writing. She was professional and a pleasant lady too. I’ll be back to sign up for another course.
The course was demanding enough for my writing to rapidly improve, which I am grateful for. The tutor provided a supportive role, which was important. She was very knowledgeable and definitely not a walk-over. She also introduced me to a wide range of new authors and ways of writing. The Writers’ College offers a great way to learn in a time and cost-efficient way.
This course has given me much confidence and a good understanding of what I still need to work on, especially the editing and keeping to a routine. While completing the modules and assignments I still had time to get on with writing my own short stories. I received valuable feedback and comments from my tutor; she was a dedicated reader that steered me in the right direction. So, although the real work starts now, I feel much more positive that I am progressing in the right direction even more so as English is not my first language. It was an invaluable experience.
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Questions? We've Got Answers
The course consists of ten modules. Detailed course notes covering the content of each module are emailed to you. At the end of each module, you will be required to complete a writing exercise. In total, the course includes ten writing assignments, all of which count towards your final result. Once a writing assignment has been completed and emailed to your tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete. The next module will then be emailed to you.
Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.
You will get lifetime access to the course. You will also benefit from future updates and improvements to the course!
For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. It will remain completely private unless you get it published, a decision that is yours to make.
You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions:
- You must have completed all assignments.
- The course must have been completed within 12 months of registration.
- A minimum average of 50% must be achieved.
- Basic writing skills are essential.
- You must be proficient in the English language.
- Computer skills as well as email and Internet access are required.
- No previous tertiary qualification is required.
Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can start your course as soon as your application has been approved. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.
An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we receive proof of payment, your can start your course.
You could be starting your course today!
The speed at which you work is entirely up to you. After studying the modules, the exercises should take up to two hours to complete. A complete story could take longer.
Once your application has been approved, you will receive notification of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we receive proof of payment, your first module as well as your tutor’s email address and your login details will be sent to you. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.
Any work created on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).