So, you've decided to write a short story! Many a published author got their starts from publishing short stories. It's the perfect medium for so many authors: succinct, clear, character-driven, and brief. Compared to the giant novel, it makes sense to say that a short story is easy to write and publish . . . right?
False. The art of a great short story requires a different set of writing skills altogether. And in this 10-part course, you'll not only find out what exactly those are—but also how to put them to good use while submitting to short story magazines.
What you'll learn in this course:
- How to pick a topic that works for a short story
- How to use the Hemingway Iceberg rule to full effect
- What's inside a character bible and why it matters
- The 5 Simple Rules of editing a short story
- How to research, pitch, and submit to short story magazines and publications
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Brought to you by
Laura Mae Isaacman is a full-time editor who runs a book editing company out of Brooklyn, New York. Among the writers she has worked with are Joyce Carol Oates, T.C. Boyle and Noam Chomsky. She has lectured on the topics of writing and publishing and is the co-founder of Tweed’s Magazine of Literature & Art. Find out more by visiting her Reedsy profile.
What are people saying about this course?
"Amazing. I was really impressed with this course. Laura's insights into human emotion and motivation were spot-on. I would recommend this course to any writer."
— Sarah Cisco