Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Writing short stories ADED11424E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will help students to explore the short story in terms of story types and structural aspects of the form. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own writing skills through exercises and assignments. Theories of the short story will be considered in order to develop knowledge of story structures and skills vital to constructing successful stories. Critical feedback will be given throughout the course from tutors and in the form of group critiques.


Blocks 1 and 2

2 hours per week for 20 weeks



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





One short story of 1,500 words (20%)

One essay of 1,500 words (20%)

A personal portfolio of 2,000 words of prose fiction, which can be one or more short stories written by the student. (60%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Introduce students to writing a range of short stories across genres and in a variety of forms.

■ Provide detailed study of set texts in terms of structural components and writing techniques.

■ Introduce students to key theories of the short story.

■ Build student confidence in submitting their own writing for peer and tutor feedback.

■ Support students in creating a portfolio of 2,000 words of prose fiction, which can be one or more short stories.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate how textual analysis of the set texts has been used to develop their own creative writing skills in the short story form.

■ Identify key elements of the short story form and specific types of short stories.

■ Discuss both the development of the short story and theories about the short story as it has evolved, particularly in the twentieth century.

■ Develop their own writing in the short story form by utilising the techniques studied.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.