Free Classes – The Ultimate Short Story Checklist

Let's edit a short story

Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. - Paolo Bacigalupi

 In this class…

What will you learn?

We will work our way through a 28-point checklist for a short story. We will look at everything from opening lines to great endings and all the bits you need in between. The class ends with a Q&A session and you will receive a downloadable checklist to use for your next writing adventure.

Why should you attend this?

I can still remember the first short story I wrote and submitted. I was terrified. The whole idea of sharing my story, my writing, with other people was debilitating. I even put off finishing my stories so that I wouldn’t have to show them to anyone. And when I finally did finish a story I hid it away and didn’t tell anyone, but eventually, I came to realize that if I wanted to be a writer I had to start sharing my work.

I spent hours reading and researching short stories. I wanted my story to be perfect (they were anything but), but I started figuring out what I had to do to write short stories. Years later, I still love short stories. They are my passion. I have spent hours writing them and this checklist is a tool I use to make sure I’ve not lost the plot. Literally.

This isn’t a rigid list of rules that you must use. I am a great believer in ‘to each his own’ when it comes to writing, but it does help to have a framework to refer to before submitting. A framework I wish I had when I first started.

  • This class will help you identify what is missing in your short story
  • It’ll help you figure out what to cut.
  • It’ll help you decide how much story you need.
  • It’ll give you an overview of the art of the short story.
  • It becomes an evaluation tool for your story.
  • Plus a chance to ask questions about writing.

Join Mia to learn all about short stories

Register to attend the free class

Thursday, 29 June 2023 at 11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Thursday, 29 June 2023 at 9 PM (GMT+02:00)

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During the class Mia will discuss Deadlines for Writers and how our challenges work.

Recordings will be available, but for a limited time. 


Please register using the links above.

Who is Mia?

I’m a creative writing teacher, coach and manuscript appraiser. I help writers to find their voices and unravel their stories by empowering them with knowledge, providing accountability and helping them write the books they’ve always dreamed of writing.