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Short Story Writing Course

syllabus - special offers - videos - ask a question - free courses for authors

I'm currently developing a comprehensive course about the art of short story writing.

Short Story Writing Course

Syllabus

The course is still under development, but will include:

  • a copy of my book, How to Write a Short Story, Get Published & Make Money
  • one on one mentoring and critiquing from award winning editors and authors
  • detailed short story and flash fiction writing advice
  • a 6 point short story publishing plan
  • a full guide on how to conduct successful market research
  • GUARANTEED publication - you will be published online and in an anthology that will be available in print and eBook formats all over the world
  • access to exclusive advice and critiquing groups
  • much, much more

When it is completed, the full details will be available here.

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Special Offers

In the meantime, while I'm developing the course, I have negotiated some exclusives deals on popular short story and flash fiction writing courses for my website users to take advantage of.

Flash Fiction Magazine's Flash Fiction Writing Course

Flash Fiction Magazine Writing Course

Flash Fiction Course - Exclusive Discount: SAVE 5%

Flash Fiction Magazine run popular flash fiction writing courses which includes clear guidance on the art of writing very short stories, one-on-one mentoring, a 30 day money back guarantee and access to an exclusive Facebook group.

Shannon, who runs the magazine and website, has kindly offered my website users an exclusive 5% discount on all of their courses.

To take advantage of this special offer, use this discount code at the checkout: CHRIS

Flash Fiction Magazine

The courses are open for sign up for 9 days each month. Timings vary, but they usually close on the last Thursday of the month. For full details, check out the Flash Fiction Magazine website.

Professional Writing Academy's Short Story Writing Course

Professional Writing Academy

Writing Short Fiction Course - Exclusive Discount: SAVE £170

I've undertaken interviews and chats with students for the Professional Writing Academy, as part of their Introduction to Writing Short Fiction course (you can see them below).

Christina and Susannah, who run the academy, have kindly offered an exclusive discount to my readers.

You can save £50 on the course fee and a free individual feedback report worth £120

In total, the offer is worth £170. All you have to do is visit this page on the Professional Writing Academy website.

Select Book My Place.

Then insert the coupon code ChrisFdiscount in the APPLY COUPON box.

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Videos

Here are the 2 video interviews I did with Lizzie at the Professional writing academy.

The first interview is about the common mistakes short story writers make:

The second interview is about short story writing tips and advice:

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Course Questions

If you have any questions about the course I'm developing, or any suggestions about things you think should be included, please contact me or leave a comment below.

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Free Courses For Authors

Here are details of some interesting courses for authors that are available free of charge.

1. Free Amazon Advertising Course

Kindlepreneur offer a free video course that shows you how to use Amazon advertising to generate books sales. I've done the course and found it really useful.

You can learn about the free course on the Kindlepreneur website.

2. Free Facebook Advertising Course

Self Publishing Formula offer a free video course about Facebook advertising for authors, clearly showing you how to use social media advertising to generate book sales. Again, I've done this course and found it really useful.

You can find out more on the Self Publishing Formula website.

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Anita B
Hi Chris. Would love to find out more about your writing course when it is finished.

Really hope you don't think I'm being cheeky, but I think there's a typo on the word 'guarenteed'. You might want to change it.

Chris Fielden
Hi Anita. Great stuff - I'll be sending out all the details on my email list.

I'm hoping it'll be ready to go by spring 2018, or earlier if possible.

Thanks for letting me know about the typo - corrected! I always appreciated that kind of feedback, it's really helpful. I seem to spell 'guaranteed' incorrectly every time I type it, and then forget to spell check... rookie error.

Michael R
Great idea Chris, sure to be well received.

Chris Fielden
Thanks Michael :-)

Carol D
Good morning Chris. Firstly, thank you for your most excellent website. It's brilliant!

I am English originally from Chester and currently live in Queensland Australia. Having been a full-time Carer of my mum before her passing, I am now in a position to pursue a long held dream of becoming a novelist and would like to ask you a question if I may.

To develop my writing skills I would like to undertake a writing course as I recently read that publishers are starting to favour would be novelist and writers who have done one (this was on a website). As a subscriber to the UK Writing Magazine, I have seen advertised, a Comprehensive Creative Writing Course with the Writers Bureau that I can undertake via correspondence. I also have just bought (not read) Chris Sykes' book 'The Complete Creative Writing Course'. I noticed on your website in the section regarding 'Writing Books' that you hold this book in high regard. As I am still working as a Carer, I do not have a lot of money to spend on courses but obviously, if it's worthwhile, I would find a way to pay for an appropriate course as this is important for me. I am used to studying by myself so have no problem working through Chris Sykes' book on my own either, I just wonder if it would be enough?

I have no one else to ask so would greatly appreciate your input if you have the time.

I have signed up for your newsletter and will look forward to receiving it. I wish you ongoing success with your own writing and your writing business.

Chris Fielden
Hi Carol. Sorry to hear that your mum has passed. But I’m glad to hear you are now pursuing writing – I hope you enjoy the adventure :-)

I haven’t actually read the book by Chris Sykes – it was recommended to me by a number of friends in the writing community (they all had positive things to say about it), hence why it’s mentioned on my site. So I’m afraid I can’t be much help with that.

However, I have done the Writers Bureau correspondence course. I did it about 10 years ago and found it incredibly helpful. When I did it, they recommended that you start with the non-fiction part of the course and move on to the fiction part after. This is because it’s a lot easier to get non-fiction published and gain experience working with editors and seeing your work in print. I found this to be true – I wrote for local papers and it does give you very useful experience, making you less precious about making changes when you work with editors on your fiction.

I guess that might be different now, as the internet has changed things somewhat. Still, I found the course thorough and insightful. The fiction section was crammed with useful information. As part of the course you write a synopsis. I received very positive feedback about mine from my tutor, so went on to write and self-publish the book after completing the course. I doubt I’d have travelled as far on my writing journey as I have without doing it. So, I do recommend it when people ask.

I hope that’s helpful and wish you the best of luck with the courses and writing your novel.

Carol D
Hi Chris. Firstly, thank you so much for your kind words regarding my mum; it was lovely of you to say.

Secondly, a big thank you for taking the time to respond to my email and query. I am most grateful to you as I can see by your website at least, that you are a very busy man. I found the information you have given me to be extremely helpful and has certainly assisted me in making a decision to do the Writers Bureau Comprehensive Creative Writing Course. As mentioned in my email, I am aspiring to become a novelist in the area of Women's Fiction and also interested in writing for children. I believe this course will give me an understanding of not only many areas of writing but also of the 'industry' and who knows what paths that may lead to.

So a huge thank you Chris for your valuable time and information.

All the very best with your own writing career. I look forward to reading your website regularly and receiving the newsletter also.

Chris Fielden
Hi Carol. No problem :-)

I’m glad that has helped you to make the decision – I hope you enjoy the WB course and get as much out of it as I did.

Cedric DLN
Hi Chris. I was thinking of enrolling in our local Adult Education creative writing course . Ten weeks for £125. Then I seemed to remember you mentioned a James Patterson Master Class and I looked that up. That is £70 for 20 lessons.

Can you please give me some feel for the Master Class or am I just wasting my time and money?

Chris Fielden
Hi Cedric. I haven’t done the James Patterson Master Class, so can’t be of any help with that one I’m afraid.

I have done the Writers’ Bureau course and thought that was excellent. It’s a correspondence course, so you do assignments and then send them in and the tutors send you their comments. It works well if you’re OK working on your own. If you prefer to attend a course and meet other writers, it’s probably not the right one for you.

I’ve also negotiated a special offer for my website users with the Professional Writing Academy. I haven’t done their course, but have heard that it’s good. I’ve also done a couple of videos with them and I am doing guest ‘speaking’ (typing really…) to the students via online forum later this month. The people that run it seem to be lovely. You can learn more about that on the page above and on my special offers page.

It’s a bit more expensive though. The Patterson one seems to be very reasonably priced. And so does the local one you mentioned. I’ve done a similar courses in Bristol and I found them very helpful. It’s all about the speakers/teachers though – depends on their experience etc. I guess you’ll just have to decide which one works best for you.

Anyway, I hope that helps.