Welcome to our free online writing workshop. Each lesson includes at least one exercise designed to reinforce the topic of that lesson and to help you build toward a completed short story (up to 5,000 words) by the end of the course. You can also apply these lessons to longer works.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. Include the lesson number with your question.


Lesson 1: Elements of a Good Story

Lesson 2: Fiction Genres

Lesson 3: Characters

Lesson 4: Dialogue

Lesson 5: Point of View

Lesson 6: Setting

Lesson 7: Plot

Lesson 8: What is a hook?

Lesson 9: Tension and Climax

Lesson 10: Polishing Your Work