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How to Write Short, Short Fiction


During this course, students explore different aspects of short fiction and also sources for publication.


NOTE: This is a self-directed course. Students will receive feedback on the final week`s assignment. Exercises completed before that week will be used to tailor the course to the student`s needs but will not receive individual feedback.

Assessment takes place in the form of facilitator feedback on a final written assignment. Students wishing to submit for publication can also submit the names of three potential markets.


Students will be able to identify aspects of what makes short fiction different and the same as regular length fiction pieces.

They will focus on their subject interests and complete a short piece of fiction.

Students will also look at potential locations for publication and identify markets.

course quick facts
course code DED217
cost $69.00
estimated time to
complete course
16 Hours
course materials
4 Weeks

Amy Cipolla Barnes has been a moderator and facilitator for over ten years. Her writing interests are diverse and include Southern literature and magical realism. She has published numerous non-fiction columns on topics ranging from stamp fraud to home offices, travel to pets. In addition, she has won contests for short stories, longer fiction, and poetry. She has been published in literary journals and is currently working on her first novel and a collection of short Fiction.


"The instructor seemed to be very knowledgeable and well experienced in the writing field. I appreciated her feedback and comments, suggestions on what to look for, and so on. I also felt that she was very personable. She seemed to have a genuine interest in my efforts, and for that, I appreciate. As a result of her attention to my works, I feel more confident to move forward and pursue my interest, which is to write and publish." - Tzfeera P. Ritcherson-Levi