How to Write an Original Short Story

Julia Gousseva, College Teacher, Writer

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55 Videos (2h 42m)
    • Lecture One

      3:45
    • Lecture Two

      3:02
    • Lecture Three

      1:01
    • Lecture Four

      4:59
    • Lecture Five

      1:25
    • Lecture Six

      4:15
    • Lecture Seven

      5:27
    • Lecture Eight

      0:55
    • Lecture Nine

      0:48
    • Lecture Ten

      4:13
    • Lecture Eleven

      2:35
    • Lecture Twelve

      5:24
    • Lecture Thirteen

      8:27
    • Lecture Fourteen

      2:35
    • Lecture Fifteen

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    • Lecture Sixteen

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    • Lecture Seventeen

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    • Lecture Eighteen

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    • Lecture Nineteen

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    • Lecture Twenty

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    • Lecture Twenty-One

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    • Lecture Twenty-Two

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    • Lecture Twenty-Three

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    • Lecture Twenty-Four

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    • Lecture Twenty-Eight

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    • Lecture Twenty-Nine

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    • Lecture Thirty-One

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    • Lecture Thirty-Four

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    • Lecture Thirty-Five

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    • Lecture Thirty-Nine

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    • Lecture Forty-One

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    • Lecture Forty-Three

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    • Lecture Forty-Four

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    • Lecture Forty-Five

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    • Lecture Forty-Six

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    • Lecture Forty-Seven

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    • Lecture Forty-Eight

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    • Lecture Forty-Nine

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    • Lecture Fifty

      1:34
    • Lecture Fifty-One

      9:06
    • Lecture Fifty-Two

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    • Lecture Fifty-Three

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    • Lecture Fifty-Five

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About This Class

Have you always wanted to write fiction but don’t know where to start? Have you started writing but got stuck and don’t know how to finish? Do you have ideas but find it hard to develop them into a complete story that makes sense? Or do you experience writer's block, get stuck, and lose motivation?

If you have experienced any of these problems or if you simply want a clear and specific way to develop your idea into a story, you’re in the right place.
 
This course will present an approach to writing stories that I have developed over a number of years and refined with my students in face-to-face classes.

This approach is a step-by-step strategy for crafting short stories that promises that you are going to write an original short story if you're willing to follow the basic principles I will present.

It’s different from other systems and other techniques of fiction writing. It’s more structured, and it works really well for beginning writers because it gives them a lot of practical help with the nuts and bolts of building a short story.

We’ll start by discussing some general principles and reading two short stories: one by Guy de Maupassant, and the other by Anton Chekhov.

Then, we’ll get to the sections with specific tips, specific procedures, and step-by-step directions on how to go from start to finish of the whole writing process.

This approach is not magic, its' not a formula, and it doesn’t include all possible ways to write a story.

Just one way. And one approach. 

I realize that there are other approaches, but my goal is not to provide the survey of all possible ways of writing a story. It is to take beginning writers along the most confident path to the completion of their first story.

This course is designed to meet the needs of all beginning fiction writers. I have used this approach in my classroom courses for a number of years, and my students find it effective, efficient, and enjoyable.

I hope you will, too!

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Julia Gousseva

College Teacher, Writer

Dr. Julia Gousseva started teaching college-level writing courses in 1993, as a graduate student at the University of Arizona. Since earning her PhD in 2001, she has been a full-time writing instructor at a community college in Arizona. Her favorite classes are short story writing and creative nonfiction.

Creative writing is Julia’s passion, and you can often find her at work on a new project. Julia is the author of Adventures of Alex and Katie children’s books, Any...

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