Introduction to short story writing: getting started ADED12007E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Join this course to learn the art and craft of short story writing with encouragement, support and guidance. Together we'll discuss and decode inspiring examples of the form to pick up new skills and techniques. Writing exercises will enable us to practise these in our own writing and share our work for group feedback. We will also discuss habits and ideas that help us write short stories. Overall, this course offers a welcoming first step or reinvigorating new approach to writing short stories.


Block 1,

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Wednesday 19:00-21:00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

ADED11099E Introduction to Creative Writing: The Short Story

ADED11424E Writing short stories

ADED11345 Writing Fiction: The Short Story




To assess ILOs 1 and 2:

Portfolio (1,500 words) of original short story writing in the form of several shorter pieces, extract(s) from a longer work or one singular complete piece (75%)


Note: students opting to submit a revised version of work that has already submitted for credit on another course must clearly highlight any passages from that work and they should not exceed 10% of the entire wordcount to avoid auto or self-plagiarism as per the University of Glasgow's plagiarism statement 32.2



To assess ILO 3:

Self-reflective essay (500 words) discussing how a positive writing habit or piece of feedback gained on this course helped the student produce their portfolio (25%).

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Introduce students to the key literary characteristics of the short story through textual analysis of notable examples

■ Encourage individual, creative approaches to those forms through practical writing exercises that enable students to apply key techniques from these forms to their own writing

■ Build students' confidence by submitting their creative writing for peer and tutor feedback, and via discussion of helpful writing habits

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify some of the key literary characteristics of the short story form and apply these to their own writing

■ Compose persuasive, artistically coherent and technically competent written work that demonstrates key techniques of the literary form being attempted

■ Reflect upon their own creative process and that of others, including helpful writing habits

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.