Comprehensive Short Story Writing Course
In-depth short story writing tips, critiques, mentoring, exercises & case studies that show how all the advice given has been used to achieve publishing successEnroll in Course
About The Course
My comprehensive short story writing course comprises professionally produced videos, extensive supporting documentation, multiple writing exercises, in-depth short story critiques, one-to-one mentoring sessions, case studies and much more.
The course contains lots of honest, practical advice based on my real-life experiences as a prize-winning short story writer and renowned competition judge. There are also contributions from professional editors, writing competition judges, columnists, writing tutors and award-winning authors, giving students access to a variety of expert opinions.
Chris Fielden, filming the videos at Screenology Go, in the heart of Bristol
Here are more details of what you'll gain access to by enrolling in the course:
- a detailed breakdown of the judging criteria of a well-established short story competition, helping you understand what contest judges and editors look for in a short story
- detailed short story writing advice, based on years of experience
- in-depth short story case studies, clearly illustrating how all the advice given has been used in practice to achieve publishing success
- a 7 point short story writing and publishing plan
- insights from published writers, competition judges, professional editors, columnists and creative writing tutors
- writing exercises, specifically designed to help you develop your short story writing skills
- the opportunity to receive in-depth short story critiques, from professional editors and writing tutors
- the opportunity of one-to-one mentoring sessions, allowing you to ask questions and gain a thorough understanding of every aspect of the critiques you receive
- opportunities that guarantee publication in books that are produced in print and eBook formats and distributed globally, giving you the experience of working with an editor, seeing your work in print, learning about the publishing process and understanding how to launch and market a book
- access to a private Facebook group, where you can engage with other writers, giving and receiving feedback
- and much more, all presented in a positive, easy to understand format
Chris, presenting an example
I have used short story case studies before, in my book How to Write a Short Story, Get Published and Make Money. The case studies featured in this course have not been published before and are presented in a new, in-depth format. They drill down into the nitty-gritty, giving clear examples of every aspect of the writing and editing process.
For example, in the course, I share the judging criteria for the To Hull And Back short story competition. I then apply the criteria to an example story, discussing each criterion in detail.
I also share a 7 point short story writing and publishing plan. I then show you how I used the plan in real-life, to win a prestigious short story competition. This is demonstrated in a clear, step-by-step case study.
Short story writer and editor, Mel Ciavucco, filming her contributions to the course
The example stories I use have all been published many times, proving their quality. Where relevant, I share the comments of competition judges and editors, explaining why they selected the stories for publication. I also illustrate how every tip and piece of advice I give has been used in real-life, to write successful stories.
Short story writer and editor, Edward Field, filming his contributions to the course
The course is brutally honest. I share the good, the bad and the ugly. You can learn a lot from the mistakes I've made, as well as my successes. I set realistic expectations about how long it takes to develop as a writer, how much time you should spend writing a story and how much money can be made from writing and publishing short stories. I also explain terms and conditions, publishing rights and copyright, giving examples of what to focus on when deciding where to submit your work.
In short, this course covers every aspect of short story writing and has a strong emphasis on getting your work published. If you take advantage of the opportunities I share in my courses, you will become a published fiction author.
The short story writing course set
The course has 3 pricing tiers for you to choose from, to cater for all budgets and requirements. Here is the pricing in a nutshell:
- Bronze: £225 – full access to the course and supporting documentation – great value for money
- Silver: £325 – gain access to expert critiques and feedback on your stories – my most popular pricing plan
- Gold: £495 – benefit from to one-to-one mentoring sessions – discuss the art of short story writing with an expert
You will find more details about the different pricing tiers when you are ready to enroll.
This course was very clear and entertaining. Chris has a very engaging manner and you can take things at your own pace. The videos allow you to easily go back for recaps. It was ideal for beginners like me and Chris is backed up by an excellent team who provide a highly professional critique service.
Since undertaking the course, I have had some publishing success – I recently finished second in the 100 word competition run by Morgen Bailey.
– Paul Mastaglio, Bronze tier course student
Chris is an award-winning and Amazon bestselling author. His work has featured in books published by independent press, established magazines and renowned competition anthologies. He was an Award-Winning Finalist in the 'Fiction: Short Story' category of the International Book Awards in 2019.
Chris has performed and spoken at many events, including the Bath Fringe Festival, the Bristol Festival of Literature, Chip LitFest, Flash Fiction Festival, New College LitFest, Small Stories and Talking Tales. He’s also undertaken presentations for many schools and colleges.
He runs a popular fiction writing blog which attracts over 300,000 visitors each year. He judges the annual To Hull And Back short story competition and publishes hundreds of writers’ stories in support of charity via his flash fiction writing challenges. He also offers a critique and editing service that has helped many authors develop their writing and see their stories in print.
His bestselling book, How to Write a Short Story, Get Published and Make Money, uses an honest teaching style and has been described as 'A must read for anyone who has any interest in becoming a writer'. In the book, Chris uses his own published short stories as case studies, clearly illustrating how any advice given has been used in practice to achieve publishing success.
Due to the popularity of the book, Chris has started developing writing courses that use a similar teaching style. He shares the mistakes he's made and demonstrates how rectifying them helped him see his stories published, time and time again.
You can learn more in Chris’s website: www.christopherfielden.com
I've just finished reviewing your course. To be truthful, I couldn't find a single fault with it. Your guidance through the course is really easy to follow and you have such a friendly, non-threatening tone, which I imagine will put to rest the fears of potential students who might find the idea of CW daunting. Great course, expertly written.
– Steve Tuffin, Creative writing lecturer with the Open University and New College Swindon
StartVideo 1: Introduction (6:27)
StartVideo 2: 17 Short Story Writing Tips (17:38)
StartVideo 3: Writing Exercise (8:50)
StartVideo 4: An Opportunity To See Your Words In Print (3:07)
StartVideo 5: Thanks And Cheers Me Dears (3:33)
StartBonus Video: Writing Exercise (same as video 3, with music) (8:50)
StartVideo 1: Introduction (5:01)
StartVideo 2: Competition Judging Criteria Analysis (36:49)
StartVideo 3: Writing Exercise 1 - Stimulating Spectacular Story Ideas Of Stunning Significance (4:01)
StartVideo 4: Short Story Case Study 1, ‘Death of a Superhero’ (11:11)
StartVideo 5: Short Story Case Study 1, In-Depth Analysis (18:37)
StartVideo 6: Writing Exercise 2 - Creating Incredible Characters (6:28)
StartVideo 7: Flash Fiction Writing Challenges (25:47)
StartVideo 8: Writing Exercise 3 - Have Your Work Critiqued And Published Via The Flash Fiction Writing Challenges (3:15)
StartVideo 9: The 7 Point Short Story Writing And Publishing Plan (27:33)
StartVideo 10: Writing Exercise 4 - Think Like A Professional Editor And Find The Mistakes (11:45)
StartVideo 11: Short Story Case Study 2, ‘The Keith of Death’ (11:02)
StartVideo 12: Short Story Case Study 2, In-Depth Analysis (20:09)
StartVideo 13: Writing Exercise 5 - Undertake The 7 Point Plan (4:25)
StartVideo 14: Thanks And Cheers Me Dears - End Of Course Summary (2:00)
Having enjoyed the free taster, I signed up for the complete version and haven't looked back. My writing has improved greatly. The course was easy to follow, delivered in small enough portions to keep me interested and, most importantly, enjoyable. I found the online student forum invaluable for help with ideas and suggestions for improvement on stories in progress.
Since commencing the course, I have achieved publication in three paperback short story anthologies, one electronic anthology and have four more publications pending.
Considering that I spent a great deal of money previously attending workshops and courses but never achieved any success, I am delighted with the progress this course helped me achieve. I would thoroughly recommend Chris's course to anyone keen to improve their short story writing skills.
– Maggie Elliott, Bronze tier course student
Various editors, writers and competition judges have very kindly contributed to the course, sharing their expert opinions and real-life experiences.
Allen Ashley is an award-winning editor and prize-winning poet. He works as a critical reader for the Christopher Fielden Agency and also as a creative writing tutor in north London, UK. He is the sole judge for the annual British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition.
Edward Field is a writer, editor and the author of Permission to Rage: The Book on How to Complain Effectively, as well as three children’s plays currently on the South African curriculum. He writes and edits fiction, non-fiction, speeches, corporate presentations & brochures and his work has appeared in anthologies, on websites and in publications including The Stage, Breathe, Reflex Fiction, To Hull And Back and Idle Ink.
Ian writes stories to entertain himself whenever he is left alone long enough. Hence most of his stories are short. They are also generally silly. A range of these stories appear on his website and he has featured twice in the To Hull And Back anthologies. He lives in Bristol when he can.
Lesley is native English, lives in France and has been writing for several years. Writing her first novel, she has short stories, articles, poetry and blogs published in print and online. She is a member of Writers Abroad, an international online writing group for expat writers.
Lorraine Mace is the humour columnist for Writing Magazine. As well as being head judge for the Writers' Forum monthly fiction competitions, she writes two columns for the magazine. She is a tutor for Writers Bureau and also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service.
Mel is a Bristol-based writer who has been published online and in print. She has made appearances on BBC2 and Radio 5 Live. She is a judge for the ‘To Hull and Back’ short story competition. You can find Mel at Write Kerfuffle.
Over the years, Michael has had a few successes with stories and articles. Then, along came retirement, allowing time to meet the flood of website opportunities. He writes at least one piece a week, mostly flash fiction (150 published), but especially enjoys producing the longer factual studies, like Portrait Of A Painter and others on his Facebook page.
Mike Scott Thomson
Mike’s short stories have been published by a number of journals and anthologies, including The Fiction Desk, Litro, Prole, Momaya Press, National Flash Fiction Day, and Stories for Homes. In 2014 he won the inaugural To Hull And Back humorous short story competition, run by Chris Fielden.
Nastasya Parker has been published twice in the Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies. Her story 'The Maze' won the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Prose Prize in 2017. She is an American expat living in Gloucestershire, longing for root beer. Witness her staggering through the novel-writing process on her blog.
Rhiannon Lewis grew up on a farm near Cardigan on the West Wales coast. Her debut novel,My Beautiful Imperial, was listed by the Walter Scott Prize Academy as a recommended novel for 2018. Her short stories have won awards: 1st prize, Frome Festival 2017, Writers' Forum 2016, runner-up Hammond House 2017, shortlisted Bristol Prize 2018, longlisted InkTears 2018, Brighton Prize 2018.
Tina is currently working on her first novel. She also writes short stories and film scripts. In 2014 she won ‘Best Horror’ at the Limelight Film Awards and an award at the British Horror Film Festival.
Frequently Asked Questions
I would strongly recommend Chris’s proofreading services to any writer, experienced or otherwise. For me, honest and professional feedback is not an easy thing to come by, but this is exactly what Chris provides in a comprehensive, constructive and friendly way.
I’ve used a couple of other services to proofread my work (all of which were very useful), but I would say that Chris’s was the most incisive and thorough, in both his high-level comments and suggestions, but also in proofreading the manuscript itself. He’s also a very amicable and patient chap, providing followup answers and advice whenever he can. This makes a huge difference too. Well, it certainly did to me anyway – one of the stories that Chris proofread for me has recently been placed in a competition and is going to be published.
– James W, a fiction writer who has used the critique service on Chris's website
It has taken me until today to read all the comments Lynda made with regard to my story. When I first opened my email from her and saw all the comments I panicked. But today, instead of cringing at the mistakes, I have laughed. In my head, I know what my character is thinking etc. and I assumed the readers would know this too.
I am very disappointed with my previous creative writing teacher who critiqued my story and didn't find any errors or give me any direction with regard to adding to my characters' personality. She thought it was good enough to be printed in a magazine. I'm pleased I sent it to you first.
– Helen F, a fiction writer who has used the critique service on Chris's website
Allen helped me a lot with my short story 'Misterioso'. His advice/tips were spot on and I'm pleased to say that, after some rewriting, the story was published online by Soft Cartel magazine.
– Andy N, a fiction writer who has used the critique service on Chris's website