Fiction Writing: How to Craft the Perfect Short Story

Noah Milligan, Writer

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8 Videos (28m)
    • Introduction

    • Project Overview

    • Action

    • Background

    • Development

    • Climax

    • Ending

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Ever wonder how a writer hooks you into a story and compels you to keep turning the page? Join writer Noah Milligan as he dissects a short story and explains a step-by-step guide in creating enthralling narrative arcs. This 30-minute class breaks down various elements of short story structure, provides a writing prompt to start a new story, and offers insightful tips on crafting engrossing characters and plot.

Students are able to post a new short story, engage in constructive critique with other students, and polish their projects to get them ready for publication. This class is designed for emerging writers crafting their very first short stories, more experienced writers honing their craft, and anyone who has ever had a story to share.

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Noah gives a concise overview of one method of structuring a short story. Using examples from one of his works, he is able to demonstrate the use of this structure. I found the class content useful and will definitely consider this approach.
short, detailed and to the point.
Fiction Writing: How to Craft the Perfect Short Story by Noah Milligan I found this a very informative class. Mr. Milligan did an excellent job walking through the information with concise illustrations to convey the theories employed for a perfect short story. He used his own short story as a guide as he explained his points and motivations for his own style. I am sure this will be of use to many new writers. From: Linda McKinney





Noah Milligan


Shortlisted for the 2015 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize, Noah Milligan's debut novel, An Elegant Theory, is forthcoming from Central Avenue Publishing in the fall of 2016. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Central Oklahoma, and his short fiction has recently appeared in Rathalla Review, MAKE Literary Magazine, Storyscape Literary Journal, Empty Sink Publishing, Santa Clara Review, Glint, and elsewhere. Connect with him at and @MilliganNoah