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The Easy Way to Write Short Stories That Sell will enable you to plan, write, submit, and sell your own commercial short stories, whether you want to get published by magazines, e-zines and/or in anthologies, or whether you prefer to go it alone – and start making money soon from your self-penned stories on Amazon Kindle. The course focuses on attaining a professional author’s mindset quickly, so that you can immediately begin to get inspired and become proficient enough to write commercial short stories for the marketplace. Included are over FIFTY personal VIDEO lectures on inspiration, genre conventions, instruction of characterization, plotting, structure, and fast writing, plus many text-based mini-courses that explore creative writing in more depth. Also included is an up to date listing of available (paying!) short story markets. “Master the Art of Short Story Writing with The World’s Foremost Writing Guru” * Harness your imagination quickly * Acquire the writing habit easily * Discover how to make your stories more commercial * Learn the habits of professional writers in just a few hours * Begin a new career as an author * Finally understand the needs of mainstream publishers and editors Discover the reality of a writer’s life, taught to you by the author of over thirty bestsellers. This course will take you on a thrilling journey, from acquiring the working writer’s mindset to thinking of compelling ideas; from learning how to structure stories for maximum effect to correctly formatting and submitting your stories to editors and publishers. At the end of this course you can expect to be able to write commercial short stories easily and perhaps begin a whole new career as a freelance, paid author. Rob Parnell has been teaching writing for almost two decades. That experience has been synthesized into this unique course, then specifically designed and structured to help the beginner move from wannabe writer to professional wordsmith. Starting with an introduction to the writer’s mindset, the course first focuses on mental preparation, ideal time management, goal-setting, and the importance of strong self-belief. There are pre-designed templates to aid in your understanding of these issues. In part two of the course, we look at inspiration and getting ideas, finding subject matter for your stories, as well as providing a clear guide to the fiction genres: romance, thrillers, horror, fantasy, and science fiction. In the third section, Rob Parnell reveals the tips and tactics of professional writers with crucial guidance on the creation of protagonists, building empathy, character motivation and agenda, dialogue, story setting, style, tone, description, point-of-view, plotting and much more. You will also discover the 7-Step Story Generator – a tool that allows you to develop and test any fiction idea. Plus, learn the ideal 5-Point Story Structure as well as how to easily create templates on which to hang commercial short stories. Along the way, there are text-based courses on character creation, plotting, and a special presentation of The Art of Story, a downloadable resource that fully explains the more technical aspects of ideal story structure. Rob also hosts a section on writing software, presenting the solution to any writer’s needs. In part four, we explore the actual writing: how to write fluidly, without blocks, for maximum impact. How to create arresting opening paragraphs and compelling text. And, how to edit professionally for submission and publication. In part five, discover how to find and approach paying short story markets. A full market listing is available with the course. For those who want to self-publish, and start making money immediately, Rob presents crucial advice on formatting and publication through Amazon Kindle. This course is fully mentored – Rob is available on-line throughout your course journey to answer queries, offer guidance, and give support. Your very own writing guru is just a click away (via the Academy Console.) At the end of this course, you will possess a clear understanding of the short story marketplace and will therefore be ideally placed to compete in this exciting and fast-growing new career opportunity. At the very least, you’ll be able to write fabulous short stories that people will love and admire! Plus, check out the bonus items at the bottom of this page!

Course Highlights

  • Internationally recognised accredited certification on successful completion
  • Free accredited e-certificate
  • Study at your own pace, anytime and anywhere
  • Access to all courses with a monthly membership plan of £29
  • High-quality video and text course materials
  • Efficient exam system, assessment and instant results
  • Improve your chance of gaining professional skills and better earning potential
  • Eligibility for NUS Extra card which gives you a discount from thousands of retailers

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students of all academic backgrounds.

Assessment and Certification

You can test your learning as you progress through the course by undertaking mock tests. On completion of the course, there will be an assessment consisting of multiple choice questions for which the pass mark is 60%. On passing, you will gain instant access to your e-certificate.  PDF and hard copy certificates can be ordered for an additional fee.

  • PDF Certificate – £9
  • Hardcopy by Post- £19
  • Both PDF and Hardcopy – £24

Tutor Support

With all our courses, you will receive access to dedicated tutors and technical support. You will also be provided with unlimited email, phone and live chat support to help answer any questions you might have whilst studying the course.

Course Compatibility

All our courses are fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, tablets and smartphones.

Career Path

Completing this course will help you to increase your knowledge and improve your skills and instil in you the confidence to progress. You will also be able to add your qualification to your CV, enhance your career and become more competitive within your chosen industry.

Course Curriculum

Introduction
Introduction to Short Story Writing 00:06:00
Foreword
Who Am I to Run This Course? 00:06:00
It’s All About Mindset 00:07:00
What Tools Do You Need To Succeed? 00:00:00
Part One: Mindset
Mental Preparation 00:04:00
Time Management 00:05:00
Self Belief 00:02:00
Goal Setting 00:01:00
Part Two: The Basics
Subject Matter 00:04:00
Genre 00:07:00
Scope 00:02:00
Getting Ideas 00:02:00
Part Three: Construction Time
The 7-Step Story Generator 00:02:00
Characters & Character Creation 00:03:00
Creating Protagonists 00:08:00
Character Motivation & Interactions 00:03:00
Story & Setting 00:03:00
The 5-Point Story Structure 00:02:00
Style & Tone 00:02:00
Point of View & Tense 00:03:00
Plotting & The Twist 00:03:00
Building a Short Story Template 00:02:00
Building a Short Story Template 00:02:00
Introduction to Scrivener
All Hail Scrivener! 00:04:00
Part Four: Writing Your Story
The Opening Paragraph 00:03:00
Fast Writing 00:04:00
The Second Draft 00:03:00
Polishing 00:04:00
Part Five: Submitting Your Work 6 Lectures
It’s All About Presentation 00:03:00
Dealing With Rejection 00:03:00
Rights and Payment 00:02:00
Kindle Publishing 00:04:00
Conclusion Short Stories 00:02:00
Mock Exam
Final Exam

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