Online Short Story Writing Courses

Develop your craft and tell the stories you're burning to tell, in our online short story writing courses.

You’ll get personal weekly instructor feedback on your work, ongoing collaboration with other writers, and a supportive course structure that will help you set and meet your writing goals.

Learn from published short story writers who have spent decades perfecting their craft and are dedicated to supporting you and your work.

Our online short story classes are filling fast. Find yours today!

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Upcoming Online Short Story Writing Courses

September Courses

Discover Your Writing Niche

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September 28|8 Weeks|$395

Fiction or nonfiction? Article, short story, or how-to book? Do you want to write for children, teens, adults? There is a type of writing that is best suited for you, and the discovery process can be an adventure.

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I’ve Drunk Your Poisoned Nectar: Writing with the Goddess

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September 28|8 Weeks|$395

Dig deep into the rich mythology of South Asian goddesses to find new inspiration for your work in this generative, open-genre writing class.

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

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September 28|10 Weeks|$460

Create fantastical worlds with mythical beings in this comprehensive introduction to fantasy and science fiction.

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Writing for Children: Create A Picture Book!

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September 28|6 Weeks|$330

Picture books have changed greatly over the last few decades, and the market is wide open for fresh ideas. Join us in this six-week intensive where we’ll take that idea of yours and turn it into a manuscript!

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October Courses

Liars, Lovers, Criminals: Story as Character, Character as Story

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October 5|6 Weeks|$330

Characters don't just drive the story, they are the story. Learn how to craft character-centered fiction and give life to the people on your page.

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Deepening and Organizing Our Stories: Memoir/Creative Nonfiction and Autobiographical Fiction

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October 6|10 Weeks|$560

For writers of memoir, creative nonfiction and fiction, with some experience. Particularly helpful to writers in the midst of a longer work.

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The Sixth Sense: Writing Horror with a Message

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October 12|4 Weeks|$235

Looking to write the substance of nightmares? Learn the ropes of horror writing in this spine-chilling fiction course.

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Crafting a Story or Novel Chapter Using Forward-Moving Tension

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October 12|5 Weeks|$275

How do writers tell stories with tension, action, and emotion? Learn how to write forward-moving tension in this 5 week fiction course.

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Intro to Fiction Writing

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October 19|8 Weeks|$395

What makes a good fiction story? Learn how to write compelling stories in this eight-week intro to fiction course, with Donna Levin.

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How to Firm Up the “Mushy Middle” of Any Story

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October 19|5 Weeks|$325

Ensure a strong middle throughline for any story. Say goodbye to the "mushy middle," and hello to stories that work.

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In Their Shoes: Fiction as Empathy

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October 26|8 weeks|$395

Great fiction is a tool for understanding people. Foster a greater sense of empathy and supercharge your stories in this empathy-driven fiction class.

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November Courses

Manuscript Workshop: Writing For Young Readers

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November 2|8 Weeks|$395

Author Denise Santomauro leads this intermediate/advanced workshop on writing for children. It offers support, structure and detailed feedback on manuscripts.

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Scene Study: Strengthen Your Writing with Compelling Scenes

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November 2|5 Weeks|$275

Great stories are constructed with great scenes. Immerse your reader in your stories by learning the ropes of scene development.

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Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem

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November 9|10 Weeks|$460

Explore the border between prose poetry and flash fiction. For writers of fiction, poetry, essay and memoir.

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Getting Started Marketing Your Work

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November 16|4 Weeks|$235

Solve the mystery of marketing and get your work out there in front of readers in this 4-week online class taught by Instructor Gloria Kempton.

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Accessing Your Writer’s Voice

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November 30|3 Weeks|$195

Voice: What is it and how do you find yours? Instructor Gloria Kempton offers feedback on assignments in this 3-week online class.

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January Courses

Writing Autobiographical Fiction

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January 11|8 Weeks|$395

Learn to depart from "what really happened," and write compelling fiction from your own life experiences.

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Starting to Write

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January 11|8 Weeks|$395

For those who want to kick start their writing into high gear.

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February Courses

Mastering the Elements of Fiction

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February 8|10 Weeks|$460

In this course, you’ll work with the basic elements of fiction--the fundamentals that drive the story and determine the quality of the work.

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Unscheduled Online Short Story Writing Classes

Browse our full short story offerings below. Let us know which online short story writing courses you're interested in, and we'll contact you with dates when we're ready to put them on our calendar.

(Live Workshop) Get Clear on Your Story and Voice

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What is your story about? What is your voice? Whether you write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, hone your writing in this 3 hour workshop.

(Live Workshop) The Art of Love Stories: A Flash Fiction Workshop

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How do you distill love into 1,500 words or less? Zining Mok explains in this love stories flash fiction workshop.

(Live Workshop) Writing Beginnings and Endings

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How do you write a story that's compelling to start and satisfying to finish? Sarah Aronson explains in this comprehensive one-day workshop.

(Live Workshop) Writing from a Strong Sense of Place: A Generative Workshop

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Develop powerful and realistic settings in this generative three-hour workshop, with Jacquelyn Stolos.

*Private Class | Create Story Characters Using the Enneagram

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In-depth character development using an ancient personality study of human motivation--the Enneagram.

*Private Class | Shadow Writing

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Your unconscious can drive your writing or block it. Gloria Kempton will guide you in coaxing your shadow out of hiding.

*Private Class | The Anti-Hero’s Journey for Storytellers

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Throughout her writing career, Gloria Kempton has met many anti-heroes. In this course, you’ll receive feedback on your story antagonists.

Beyond Formula: Writing Love Scenes With Spirit, Passion, Grit And Character Truth

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Write about love beyond trite sentiment and shallow fictions. Work down to the real thing: deep, powerful, destructive, exalted, fundamental.

Block Buster: Turbocharge Your Creativity with Breakneck Writing

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Banish writer's block, unearth fresh ideas, and sharpen your storytelling ability with the practice of fast, timed writing.

Boost Your Imagination and Reap the Literary Rewards

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It happens to all of us: life gets in the way and our creativity falters. Get back on track with this four-week creativity boosting class!

But What Is Your Story Really About? Finding the Core of Your Short Memoir, Story, or Personal Essay

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Take a four-week writing adventure deep into the core of your story, to find the true theme of your personal essay, short story, or short memoir.

Character Transformation Workshop: How to Write Stories that Emotionally Resonate

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Learn how to write emotionally resonant journeys that stick with the reader, using the power of character transformation.

Claiming Our Stories: Autobiography, Memoir & Autobiographical Fiction

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Turn your experience into fiction, autobiography, or creative memoir. Bring forward stories with a powerful truth at their core. Instructor Anya Achtenberg.

Drafty in Here: Write Your Novella in Ten Weeks

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Write the entire first draft of a novella-length story, with plenty of feedback from stage to stage, and finish with a plan for revising toward a publishable manuscript.

Embodied Writing: Improve Your Writing with Full-Body Creativity

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Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.

Embodied Writing: Somatic Practices to Improve Your Work

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Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.

Find Your Brave: Publishing As An Act Of Courage

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In this fun, transformative four-week program, get tips and techniques to bring out your courage to publish a story in print or online.

Finding the Real Story: Essential Elements of Story in Fiction and Memoir

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Address the larger issues of writing story through a look at the essential elements of narrative in fiction and memoir.

Finish Your Manuscript: Next-Level Picture Book Mentorship

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During this six week program, you will work closely one-on-one with Kelly to finalize, refine, and polish your picture book into a manuscript ready to submit for publication or representation.

Flash Fiction: Writing the Short-Short Story

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Write 1–3-page flash fiction in this online course with Barbara Henning, drawing on classic, poetic & experimental elements. Read the form’s masters.

Get Your Book Done Intensive! 4 Weeks to Measurable Progress

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The summer is the best time to get the ball rolling on your book. Join us if you really want to get your book into the world.

Growing Smaller: The Art of Micro- and Short Fiction

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Less is more. Learn the ropes of flash and micro-fiction in this 4-week course and hone the art of the short-short story.

How to Write Great Stories

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Learn how to combine character, setting, plot, and other elements of fiction to write powerful, compelling stories.

Humor Is The New Black!

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Ready to add a splash of fun to your writing life? Join us for a four-week humor writing class. We’ll read. We’ll laugh. We’ll write. We’ll experiment.

In Bloom: Nature Writing Workshop

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Want to write about nature like Robert Frost, Henry David Thoreau, or Annie Dillard? Join us for this six-week nature writing course.

In Your Own Words: Transforming Life Into Memoir and Fiction

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Learn how to draw inspiration and material from your life experiences or those of people you know, or want to know, to craft compelling, publishable memoirs, personal essays, autobiographical novels and short stories, and/or narrative poetry.

Introduction to Writing Genre Fiction

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Take the whirlwind tour! Learn the conventions of eight major fiction genres, try them out, and figure out your niche.

Let It Rip: The Art of Writing Fiery Prose

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You'll write prose that gets folks so hot and bothered they won't be able to put it down, even if it isn't about sex.

Manuscript Review for Children’s Writers: Summer Edition

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Instructor Sarah Aronson welcomes all writers who are working on manuscripts for kids and teens. This advanced workshop will focus entirely on the participants' own work in progress.

Observing What’s Vivid in Prose and Poetry

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Learn how to spotlight beauty through fresh, vivid, and surprising language, in this four week mindfulness writing course.

Overcome Writing Anxiety: Boost Your Storytelling Confidence in Four Short Weeks!

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"Who are you to want to write?" Someone great, that's who! Politely ask Mr. or Ms. Fear to step aside while you sign up for this fun, freeing and functional adventure.

Plumbing the Past: Turning Life Experience into Poetry, Flash and Creative Non-Fiction

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Dig deep into personal ritual while studying narrative poets, short fiction and non-fiction authors, and food writers.

Rapid Story Development: A Master Plan for Building Stories That Work

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In this 10 week story writing class, Jeff Lyons pairs the Enneagram with story development techniques to revolutionize your writing practice.

Roads Into Writing: Opening New Terrain In Your Work

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Write like mad, read brilliant books & deepen your craft while exploring new paths to inspiration. With novelist and poet Anya Achtenberg, .

Suspense Sells! Power Up Your Writing With Conflict, Tension and Emotion

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Inject suspense into your stories to keep readers turning pages. For writers of all kinds of fiction: thrillers, mysteries, romance, humor, literary and memoir. A four week class with Giulietta Nardone.

Ten Steps to Creating Interesting, In-Depth Characters

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How do you write about people convincingly? Empower your character development in this workshop filled with exercises and character discussion.

The “I’ve Always Wanted To Write Fiction” Workshop

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Learn the basics of fiction writing and submit weekly writing for feedback from Shelley Singer, author of 13 novels. It's time to start.

The Art of Storytelling

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It’s an age-old art form—storytelling—and you can learn the craft.

The Chronology of Mind: From Journal to Poem or Prose

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Gather material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes to develop into poems or prose works.

The Five Ws (and One H) of Drafting Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels

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Asking yourself these six questions will give you the scaffolding for your next young adult or middle grade novel.

The Micro-obstacles/Flow Technique

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Create new work with fresh language, universal themes, sustained mystery and memorable characters. Stimulate your imagination.

The Ongoing Fiction Workshop

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Many students have attended this 10-week online fiction workshop with Shelley Singer multiple times, completed novels, and come back to finish more books.

The Watching Eye/Thinking Mind: Writing Flash Fiction

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In this ten-week workshop with poet and novelist Barbara Henning, write tiny fictions while experimenting with first and third person points of view and analyzing how point of view affects the craft of fiction writing. Barbara will provide practical instruction and assignments, suggestions for revision, and lectures and and articles.

What’s Love Got to Do With It? Writing Romance in Non-Romance Genres

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Relationships are an important feature of fiction—and not just romances! If your non-romance work has love involved, learn the ropes in this 5 week course, open to writers of all genres.

Word Flashes & Eye Snapshots: Sketching Your Life Awake

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For any writer wanting to root writing in vision and vision in the body: for poetry, fiction, essay, memoir & pleasure.

Write from the Untamed Mind: Find Your Voice

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Join Susan in two writing circles each week: intimate spaces for writers to free-write together, saying yes to whatever shows up, followed by group read-arounds. These writing sessions are spontaneous, intimate, freeing, and transformative.

Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health

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Expressive writing can be a powerful elixir for what ails you. Learn and practice tools for writing expressively, including two virtual writing circles each week, turn raw writing into poetry or prose, and come away with a better understanding of how writing can lead toward wellness.

Writing Circles: Finding Community, Clarity, Poetry, and Prose

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Join our writing circle to form a writing community, find clarity in your words, and turn your untamed free-writes into poetry and/or prose.

Writing for Kids: Entering the World of Children’s Literature

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Learn the fundamentals of writing for children in this one day workshop, and write the kinds of stories that kids simply can't put down.

Writing Spontaneously: How to Let Your Stories Surprise You

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Some of the best stories don't follow a specific plot structure; they develop organically. Learn how to hone spontaneity in your fiction writing and come away surprised by your work.

Writing the Absurd

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If you turn on to the absurd in life—to the ironic, edgy, bizarre, and grotesque—this is the course for you. Learn the key techniques of writing absurdist fiction, dark fiction, and satire.

Writing the Short Story

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Create new work with fresh language, universal themes, sustained mystery and memorable characters. Stimulate your imagination.

Writing with Tarot

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Jump-start your creative juices, and explore a world of divination, symbolism, and imagery right at your fingertips: learn short story and novel writing through Tarot.

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Why Take an Online Short Story Writing Course with Writers.com?

  • We welcome writers of all backgrounds and experience levels, and we are here for one reason: to support you on your writing journey.
  • Small groups keep our online short story writing classes lively and intimate.
  • Work through your weekly written lectures, course materials, and writing assignments at your own pace.
  • Share and discuss your work with classmates in a supportive class environment.
  • Your course instructor will offer you direct, personal feedback and suggestions on every assignment you submit.