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Grade 8-12
52m

Write Your Own Short Stories!

by Michelle Chow | English and Writing

5 Lessons 52:42
  1. 1. Self Introduction 1:13
  2. 2. Introduction to Short Stories: A Short Background of the Genre 4:25
  3. 3. Telling Stories: What is a Story, and Why Do We Tell Them? 14:54
  4. 4. Telling Stories, Short: How Can We Translate the Basics of Storytelling to the Short Form? 18:15
  5. 5. Short Stories: A Brief History 13:55

Grade 8-12

52m


Overview

Learn how to write your own short stories in this workshop! We'll discuss ways to think about storytelling, particularly, short story telling, we'll try exercises to work on character development and scene building, and we'll work on techniques for making your story entertaining, enjoyable, and effective. Through the four courses, we'll cover several storytelling basics that will help you get started on writing your stories, and give you methods to keep going as you develop them.

Tags:

  • Character
  • Scene
  • Short Stories
  • Storytelling
  • Writing

Instructor

Hello! My name is Michelle. I graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, where I majored in English with departmental honors, and concentrated (a.k.a. minored) in Creative Writing and Film Studies. I'm currently pursuing a Master's in literature at the University of Chicago. I spent several semesters as an editorial intern, reviewing manuscripts and writing reports about them. On campus, I worked on literary magazines, and even started one of my own. All of these experiences have given me a comprehensive understanding of different kinds of writing, whether that writing is an essay you hand into a professor or a novel you want to get published or anything in between.
I'm interested in teaching students how to write better--more importantly, how to think about their writing in a way that will help them communicate more effectively. Writing can open up opportunities for anyone, regardless of their field of study. I've won awards, received fellowships, and found jobs and internships through my writing. Most importantly, I've developed precise, persuasive ways to express myself. I hope to help students do the same.

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