Course Description

An Introduction to Writing Short Fiction

Have you always wanted to write a short story but don't know where to start?

For years I had wanted to be a writer, but I was too afraid to take the plunge. I even signed up for a creative writing class and immediately dropped it out of sheer terror. But over time, my desire to write creatively was stronger than my fear, and I ended up taking another course and committing to it. It was still scary, but it was also exciting to be doing the thing I had always wanted to do.

With that in mind, I've designed this course for those who have never written creatively or who haven't written in a long time or who work in another genre.


In this self-paced text-based online course, you'll be given writing prompts, tips and resources, and you'll be introduced to contemporary short fiction. Over the four weeks you will be guided through the processes of idea generation, drafting, and revising a short story between 1500 and 2500 words.

Writing exercises, assignments, and readings, focus on the fundamental elements of writing short fiction including setting, structure, theme, character, dialogue, voice, and point-of-view and will assist you in the writing of your short story.


Format: This course will take place online and is self-paced.

Experience Level: Introductory

Length: 4 weeks

This course is ideal for those who want to complete a short story within four weeks but who have little or no creative writing experience.

After You Complete Introduction to Short Fiction

Participants can then enroll in The Short Story Workshop which is a limited-enrollment workshop-based course taught through video conferencing where you participate in a group workshop and get live feedback on a short story from awarding-winning writer, professor, and publisher Kathryn Mockler.

Email Kathryn Mockler here if you'd like more details about Mockler's Short Story Workshop or would like to be placed on the waitlist.