Introduction to Fiction: How to Write the First Draft of a Short Story Staff Pick

Seth Fried, Fiction Writer

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9 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:01
    • 2. Brainstorming

      1:59
    • 3. Freewriting

      1:43
    • 4. Character

      2:06
    • 5. Showing vs. Telling

      4:21
    • 6. Desire and Obstacle

      2:12
    • 7. Plot

      2:30
    • 8. Finishing Your Draft

      1:52
    • 9. Thanks!

      0:31
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About This Class

If you're interested in writing a short story and don't know where to start, this is the class for you. 

Seth Fried is a widely published short story writer and novelist, whose debut novel, The Municipalists, was recently published by Penguin Books. This class will introduce you to all the basic skills you’ll need to write a draft of a short story. Creativity often gets talked about as if it’s a personality trait which can’t be taught, but in reality there are lots of simple, easy-to-approach skills you can practice in order to get better at telling the stories you want to tell.

This class is for writers approaching short fiction for the first time or for more experienced writers who are looking to brush up on the basics or who are just having a hard time finishing a draft.

Course highlights:

  • This course will help you generate story ideas and give you the skills you need to get those ideas on the page.
  • You'll learn the craft techniques necessary to come up with original characters and plot lines.
  • Lectures will be followed by fun writing exercises which will help you practice the lecture material and build toward your class project.