Creative Writing Masterclass: Get Started With Short Stories

Nicola Valentine, Prize winning writer of novels, stories and films

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7 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Lecture 1 finding ideas

      4:43
    • 2. Lecture 2 more about ideas

      2:27
    • 3. Lecture 3 evaluating ideas

      7:13
    • 4. Lecture 4 story structure

      5:53
    • 5. Lecture 5 story openings

      4:59
    • 6. Lecture 6 endings

      6:20
    • 7. Lecture 7 drafting

      4:15
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Project Description

Class project: Write a six word short story

According to legend, a friend bet Hemingway he couldn't come up with a short story in just six words. Hemingway won the bet with this classic:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn. 

For your class project, I'd like you to write your own six word story. Add an image or cover to illustrate it if you like! You can use as much punctuation as you want, but you must only include six words.

Like Hemingway's story, try to make yours an 'iceberg' that tells a much bigger tale than you'd initially imagine with the one,short sentence. This is good practice, because good short stories often do this, even when they're much longer.

You can see some more examples of six word stories here on YouTube and read more about the Hemingway anecdote here on Wikipedia 

*Baby shoes image CCBY Kaleighak on Flick, used with permission. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaleighak/ for more of her work