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Short Story Writing: Create Fiction from Personal Experience

A course by Shaun Levin , Writer

Writer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2020

Learn how to write stories that captivate readers by building a narrative with elements of fiction

  • Best seller
  • 99% positive reviews (775)
  • 31291 students
  • Audio: English, Turkish
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to write stories that captivate readers by building a narrative with elements of fiction

A course by Shaun Levin

Reading stories can transport you to other worlds. Writing stories allows you to create those worlds. Join writer Shaun Levin on an innovative journey to create a short story that brings your inner world and the world around you to life on the page.

In this Domestika course, explore Shaun’s creative process behind finding and writing short stories entirely from the imagination or based on personal experiences with a touch of fiction. Discover daily exercises that could lead to writing a collection of short stories, a memoir, or even a novel.

If you are interested in exploring other styles of writing, take a look at Shaun’s previous course Creative Writing for Beginners: Bringing Your Story to Life

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What will you learn in this online course?

19 lessons & 16 downloads

  • 99% positive reviews (775)
  • 31291 students
  • 19 lessons (2h 8m)
  • 16 additional resources (1 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Turkish
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Write a short story based on personal experience intensified with elements of fiction.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in short story writing who would like to explore their creative process.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you only need something to write with. It can be a notebook and a pen, or a computer. Access to a printer is optional.


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31291 Students
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Shaun Levin

A course by Shaun Levin

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Shaun Levin is a writer and creative writing teacher from South Africa who is based in Madrid. He also lived and wrote for many years in Tel Aviv and London. His writing has always been prompted by reading and closely examining the books he loves. He went on to study literature at university and soon started to get his stories published in magazines and anthologies. His passion for books has led him to a parallel career in bookbinding and producing handmade books.

Shaun has over twenty years of experience teaching creative writing in colleges, schools, art galleries, and other settings. He has published several novels and short story collections, including Alone with a Man in a Room, Seven Sweet Things, and Snapshots of The Boy, as well as three guides for writers taking on book-length projects, The Writing Notebooks. Today, Shaun continues to teach creative writing and work on his next novel and collection of short stories.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    How to Look For and Find Stories

    • Where Do Stories Come From?
    • Materials
    • Brainstorming: the Quest for Stories
    • Out of Many Possible Stories, One Story (or Three, Or Twelve)
  • U3

    Entering the World of Your Story

    • Trust the Exploration: Stories Have a Life of Their Own
    • Get Outside Help: Art and a Walk
    • The Thread of the Story: What's Holding It Together?
    • Honesty Is the Best Policy: There's No End to Stories
  • U4

    How to Make a Story

    • Preparing to Write a Story
    • Start Anywhere (but Not at the Beginning)
    • Doing the Groundwork and Going Deeper Into Your Story
    • Go One Step beyond the Ending
    • Filling In the Gaps (Going Back to the Beginning)
    • Give Your Story a Title
  • U5

    What Happens When a Story Is Finished? Another Story!

    • How Big Is Your Story?
    • The Importance of Abandoned Projects
    • Yes, It’s All About You
  • FP

    Final project

    • Short Story Writing: Create Fiction from Personal Experience

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Short Story Writing: Create Fiction from Personal Experience . Writing course by Shaun Levin Best seller

Short Story Writing: Create Fiction from Personal Experience

A course by Shaun Levin
Writer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (775)
  • 31291 students