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Writing Short Stories

National Extension College


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What will I learn?

If you’ve got a passion for writing and want help getting your ideas down on paper, our home study Writing Short Stories course is packed with tips, activities and ways for you to improve your work. You’ll look at the structure of a story, the way characters are created, different narrative voices and other elements of the story-writing process.

Topics include:
Unit 1: In the beginning
Unit 2: Finding your story
Unit 3: Finding your voice
Unit 4: Shaping the story
Unit 5: Creating characters
Unit 6: Showing, not telling
Unit 7: Completing

What do I need to know?

No previous knowledge is required for this course.

Course info


Certificate of Attendance/Completion/Achievement (no assessment element)

Study Hours

Variable - to suit the learner

Study mode




Total time for completion

No time limit

More info on price

Payment by instalments available.

Who runs this course?




About NEC The National Extension College (NEC) provides the opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to fit life-changing learning into their lives. Whether you’re looking to study in order to go onto further or higher education, change or advance your career or simply for enjoyment, NEC provides online distance learning courses which are of the very highest quality. Course materials are written by experts such as teachers and examiners and are available to you online 24/7 through learn@nec - our virtual learning environment and the gateway to the NEC community. You can study whenever and wherever you like. With tutor support from a qualified teacher and specialist in your chosen subject, NEC will make sure that you

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