Welcome to the 12 Short Stories School. During 2017 I wrote a series of craft posts related to short story writing. This school will be a very intense extension of those teachings. I will be teaching online classes on specified topics roughly once a month.
The Ultimate Short Story Checklist – A cheat sheet for writers.
Date: 23 March 2018
Time: Session 1: 9:00 AM (+2:00GMT) Session 2: 9:00 PM (+2:00 GMT)
Presenter: Mia Botha
What will you learn?
During this class, we will work our way through a 29-point checklist for a short story. We will look at everything from opening lines to great endings and all the bits you need in between. The class ends with a Q&A session and you will receive a downloadable checklist to use for your next writing adventure.
Why should you attend this?
I can still remember the first short story I wrote and submitted. I was terrified. The whole idea of sharing my story, my writing, with other people was debilitating. I even put off finishing my stories so that I wouldn’t have to show them to anyone. And when I finally did finish a story I hid it away and didn’t tell anyone, but eventually, I came to realize that if I wanted to be a writer I had to start sharing my work.
I spent hours reading and researching short stories. I wanted my story to be perfect (they were anything but), but I started figuring out what I had to do to write short stories. Years later, I still love short stories. They are my passion. I have spent hours writing them and this checklist is a tool I use to make sure I’ve not lost the plot. Literally.
This isn’t a rigid list of rules that you must use. I am a great believer in ‘to each to his own’ when it comes to writing, but it does help to have a framework to refer to before submitting. A framework I wish I had when I first started.
- This class will help you identify what is missing in your short story
- It’ll help you figure out what to cut.
- It’ll help you decide how much story you need.
- It’ll give you an overview of the art of the short story.
- It becomes an evaluation tool for your story.
- Plus a chance to ask questions about writing.
Cost: US $10
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