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Course Description

Develop your confidence as a writer and learn the fundamentals of short story writing along with the guidance of a professional short story writer. Read published examples, study the technical aspects of short story writing, and practice and polish your writing through course workshopping.

Explore the necessary elements of a short story and how to write strong prose and convincing dialogue. A variety of topics including structure, setting, revision and voice are covered. Finish the course with two revised short stories to add to your writing portfolio.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the use of short story styles and techniques in your writing
  • Identify current trends and historical development of the short story
  • Understand and identify elements of the short story including scene and summary, dramatic arc, point of view, character and setting
  • Apply techniques for writing strong prose and convincing dialogue
  • Recognize the importance of revision in producing publishable work
  • Give and receive effective writing feedback

Course Topics

  • What a Story Needs
  • The Art of the Sentence
  • The Difference Between Scene and Summary 
  • Writing Effective Dialogue
  • Structure – The Hero’s Journey
  • Point of View, Character and Voice 
  • Setting
  • Revision
  • Short Story Genres Including Autobiographical and Surrealist Fiction
  • Publishing Short Stories in Canada

Additional Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. You may take this as an individual course or choose to complete the Creative Writing Certificate.


Assessment Item Weight
Workshop Discussion & Participation 25%
Journal Submissions (2 x 15% each) 30%
Assignment #1 15%
Assignment #2 30%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change. 

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Writing Short Stories
Remote Instruction
6:30PM to 9:00PM
January 25, 2023 to March 15, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee $549.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

This course will be delivered remotely on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, beginning on January 25, 2023 using CourseLink your course website, and Zoom for live video conferencing. You will be required to participate in the live conferencing sessions each Wednesday evening.

It is the student's responsibility to be sure you have the technical requirements to participate in this course including having available

  • Webcam (Built-in or USB plug-in)
  • Headset or a Microphone and Speaker (Built-in, wireless or USB plug-in)

If you are new to online learning, we encourage you to visit our Online Learning at UofG resource page.

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There are no textbooks or additional materials required in this course.

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