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Starts may 7th, 2024

The Short Story Writing Course That Takes You From Concept to Completion

For serious writers only...

Before You Proceed

Note: This is a fast-paced course designed to lead you from idea to a completed short story, and is not for the passive writer.

While the Short Story Lab is suitable for all experience and skill levels, from beginner to advanced, we will embark on an intense schedule that may prove challenging for some. Throughout this short story writing course, we all work together to develop ideas, explore themes, and elevate skills. Interaction is key and we recommend you engage with all suggested exercises and live discussion.

Your Hosts

Story Scientists

Daniel Kaplan

Join our resident writing coach and instructor, Daniel, for compelling video lessons and additional live sessions throughout the month.

Session 1 - Tuesday, May 7th, 6pm ET
Session 2 - Tuesday, May 14th, 6pm ET
Session 3 - Tuesday, May 21st, 6pm ET
Session 4 - Tuesday, May 28th, 6pm ET

If you can't make it to a session, don't worry – recordings will be uploaded for you to enjoy at your own pace alongside the rest of the course7

Rayne Hall

Author of the Writer's Craft series and editor of several short story anthologies, Rayne Hall has crafted several modules and exercises to take you through the entire short story process from start to finish. These modules are self-paced and can be accessed at any time.

Why Write Short Stories?

No matter the genre – from horror to sci-fi, fantasy to crime, and all the way to literary experimentation and specific special interests – the market for short stories is perpetually hungry. Websites, periodicals, and anthologies both established and emerging are always on the lookout for new material and new talent.

And yes... they'll pay you for it.

In today's fast-paced world, audiences are eager for captivating and satisfying bite-sized content they can consume quickly and on the go... and they need writers to make them happy!

Short stories are an ideal springboard for any author's career. They'll help you nail down your craft while you spread your name, build recognition, and nurture a hungry fanbase eager for the release of your novels when you're ready to take it up a notch.

Better yet, short stories are never "one and done" sales. After initial publication, you can sell them as reprints or include them in your own collections – meaning they'll continue to work for you for years, or even decades, to come.

The ultimate short story writing Course

When Every Word Counts, You Need to Master the Art of Brevity

Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

Short storytelling requires a different approach than novels. From foundational practices to analyzing your work at the word level, with the Short Story Lab you’ll explore the core techniques behind writing saleable short stories that pack a punch.

Learn how to create memorable characters that resonate with readers, manage effective tension, create a mood, and deliver an ending that truly satisfies – all within a limited space.

Whether you're a veteran writer looking to refine your craft or a newcomer to the world of short stories, our live interactive sessions and wealth of assignments will give you the tools and techniques you need to craft compelling stories that work perfectly within the confines of a shorter format.

Short stories

Explore the Full Curriculum


In this foundation-setting introductory module, we’ll :

  • Make you intimately familiar with the needs and limitations of the short story format.
  • Learn how to harness your artistic brain to create imaginative worlds and characters that readers will hook onto.
  • Take your initial nugget of an idea and brainstorm effective story threads from them.
  •  Begin to weave a viable short story project with the help of your tutor.

Nothing is more important in storytelling than having strong characters. In this module we’ll:

  • Learn how to quickly grab an audience’s attention and have them root for your main character – FAST.
  • Develop trackable “goals” and “wants” that the audience can quickly understand, keeping them glued to the page from the moment they finish your first few paragraphs.
  • Explore methods for distilling roles into fewer characters, so you can avoid clogging your short story with a bloated cast. 

Without a clear structure, your story will never hold together. In this module we’ll:

  • Explore the unique demands of short story structure vs. longer form works.
  • Discuss the beginning, middle and end of stories and how to bring your best on every single paragraph of your story.
  • Discover tried and tested ways to prevent your story from getting away with you and turning into a novella or novel. (Because when a submission call has a word limit, it’s best you stick to it.)
  • Break down the plot pitfalls and clichés you should avoid if you want your short stories to stand out.

We’re almost at the finish line! In this module we’ll: 

  • Take your draft to the next level with industry proven editing techniques that makes your writing pop while managing that all-important word count.
  • Ensure you feel confident that your story is completed and the best it can possibly be.
  • Explore best practices for finding the right markets and submitting to publishers and contests like a pro.
  • Have a completed and polished short story that’s ready to sell!
Enjoy real-world context and examples

See How It's Done For Real

Alongside your course materials and worksheets, you'll also find extensive samples of short stories by Rayne Hall.

See how the concepts, tips and techniques you'll explore throughout the course are implemented in the context of real-world books that readers are buying right now...

So you know exactly how and when to use them to make your own short storytelling shine.

Write Short Stories With Big Impact

Your Path to Short Story Success

Short Story Writing Course

4 in-depth modules of short story advice featuring video lessons, live classes and module assignments.

Creative Supplements

Access to supplements and examples for key learning.


Easy-to-follow worksheets, including our full Character Creator to help bring your unique characters to life.

Writing Prompts

50 amazing writing prompts to fire up your imagination.

Class Conversations

Connect with like-minded authors throughout your assignments and learn from each other!

Yours Forever

When you purchase a course or workshop you have access to the course materials forever, so you can come back whenever you need a refresher.

They Love Our Courses... And You Will Too

Daryl M.​
Daryl M.​Author
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The guest speakers alone are worth the price of admission. It’s like a writer’s convention in your home. Well worth the time, effort, and investment. ​
Joseph P.
Joseph P.Author
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I’ve never felt so welcome and valued in a course before. Both teachers and students were so graceful towards one another from start to finish.​
M.R. Hartman
M.R. HartmanAuthor
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Excellent quality, filled with recommendations, advice and content, as promised. There was a LOT more added into it than I was expecting to receive. What an eye opener this was for me!
Jared S.
Jared S.Author
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These courses are helping me build my confidence and skill as a writer. I love that I keep access to the materials after the class is finished.
Megan L.
Megan L.Author
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Love the efficiency and value of the course. The offline work paired with the lessons, then reinforced by the live class, in addition to real-time instructor/student feedback.
our promise to you

100% Money Back Guarantee

The Short Story Lab is designed to help you hone your craft and perfect the art of storytelling in a compact form. We think you'll love it.

But if you don’t believe that anything you’ve encountered throughout this short story writing course has helped make you a better author, we’re not going to get short with you. Your purchase is an investment in your skills as a writer – so it’s only fair you expect to level up your skills.

If you feel that hasn’t happened, just let us know within 60 days of purchase and we’ll be happy to offer you a full refund.

Register Now: Course Begins May 7th!