Classic Writing Short Stories
A course in writing and marketing short stories.
In this new world of publishing, short stories suddenly became critical to the success of any writer.
This workshop functions as a business and a craft workshop. We will show you how you can make a lot of extra money from short fiction, and how to write major short stories for any genre.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who helped set this workshop up (even though I do the talking) is the only writer in history to be in all four Dell Magazines (Asimov’s, Hitchcock’s, Analog, and Ellery Queen). She has done that in the same year four times now. She won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award six times, and reader’s choice awards for Analog and Queen as well.
Kris also is the only person on the planet to win the Hugo Award for best professional editor and for her short fiction.
I was also on the Hugo Award five or six times for my editing. Kris edited The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Pulphouse. I also edited for Pulphouse, for VB Tech, and for Pocket Books, all in short fiction. Kris and I also won a World Fantasy Award for our editing of short fiction work.
Kris and I both have written well past 400 short stories each. And been professional short fiction editors.
We now bring that knowledge to this workshop to help others learn how to write and sell short stories.
Short stories play a major role in our new world of publishing. Any writer wanting to make great money needs to know how to write short fiction, even if they only write one for an invite anthology or a promotion. Discoverability is everything these days, and short stories help in more ways than possible to imagine.
This is a nuts and bolts business and craft and money workshop. All three. We will cover it all.
And this workshop will be blunt, clear, and straight forward, as everyone has come to expect from me and Kris.
If you want to learn how to write and sell short stories and improve your discoverability and make more money with your writing, this workshop is the one for you.
With over twenty-three million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith now brings you original fiction every month for the past three years in his own magazine, Smith’s Monthly.
Dean wrote over twenty-five original Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, plus Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man novels, and others. He wrote many gaming novels including Final Fantasy.
He wrote novels and stories under almost fifty pen names and did scripts for Hollywood as well as being an editor for various magazines. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch. You can follow his writing life at www.deanwesleysmith.com
StartShort Story Week #1, Session #1... What is a short story? (6:00)
StartShort Story Week #1, Session #2... Place in history and now. (5:27)
StartShort Story Week #1, Session #3... Silly belief systems that need to be cleared. (4:30)
StartShort Story Week #1, Session #4... Money and short stories. (4:38)
StartShort Story Week #1, Session #5... Discoverability. (4:49)
StartShort Story Week #1, Session #6... Short story lecture... the basics. (2:51)
StartShort Story Assignment #1 (6:01)
StartAssignment #1 Response (1:59)
StartShort Story Week #2, Session #1... Three different types (5:52)
StartShort Story Week #2, Session #2... Limits on try/fail (5:01)
StartShort Story Week #2, Session #3... Must have depth in openings. (5:33)
StartShort Story Week #2, Session #4... Different thinking on approach. (5:05)
StartShort Story Week #2, Session #5... Must read them. (6:26)
StartShort Story Week #2, Session #6... Editing and assignment set-up. (9:00)
StartShort Story Assignment #2 (4:36)