Short Story Creative Writing Course

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TUTOR: Jessica Miller is a children’s writer from Brisbane, currently living in London. Her first novel, Elizabeth and Zenobia, was shortlisted for the Text Prize and the Readings Prize and was a CBCA Notable Book, as was her second book, The Republic of Birds. Her third novel, The Hotel Witch will be released in February 2023. She has taught creative writing for adults and children in Brisbane, Berlin, and London.

Next course starts on 21st February 2023 – 2 places remaining

Note: We are currently experiencing a high demand for our online creative writing courses. We therefore recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. 

Price: €170

Duration: Six weeks

You don’t have to be based in Ireland to take the course. We accept students from around the world.

You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. The course is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever you wish. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback.

Note: The tutor will email you on the course start date with you first module; please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.

This is a course for adults and beginners of short story writing.

Course Outline

Week One – Basics

For module one, we will consider the building blocks of the short story form.

You will learn a variety of techniques, such as how to balance word count with content and which themes to include in your writing.

Week Two – Characters

In the second week of the beginners short story writing course, we ask: what makes a good character in short stories?

We will discuss how to create and apply characters in your short stories, as well as exploring fiction with no characters. You will also have the chance to design a character for your narrative.

Week Three – Antagonists

The third week will guide the participant through a specific type of character in short stories: the antagonist.

We will decipher what makes a good villain and practice writing one in our own work.

Week Four – Settings

In the fourth module of the course, we will ask ourselves: what makes a good setting in short stories?

We will discuss how to write singular settings that fit your story’s themes and how to make your narrative spring from place. You will have the opportunity to design and write a setting for your short story.

Lesson Five: Plot

The fifth week will guide the participant through creating a plot for their short story, combining all that has been learnt previously.

Lesson Six: Pitfalls

The final lesson will look into the potential mistakes short story writers could make and how to avoid them.

You will then take the opportunity to finish and polish your own short story.

To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at

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Start Date

21st February


6 weeks




Jessica Miller