The Art of Short Stories

The Art of Short Story Writing

A presentation detailing key pieces of short story writing advice. The main topics covered include:

  • Point of view: Writing without a clear point of view is like hiking without a map – never start off without one.
  • Backstory: No one cares about your character’s backstory – it’s only important to you.
  • Conflict and stakes: What happens to your characters will not matter to the reader if there’s nothing at stake.
  • It’s OK to make mistakes: Write like nobody is reading. There are no rules in creative writing. Just guidelines and techniques.

This workshop will include some writing exercises.

About Christopher Fielden

Christopher Fielden is an award-winning and Amazon bestselling author. He is also an award-winning editor. His work has been featured in books published by independent press, established magazines, and many competition anthologies.

Victorina Press published Chris’s short story collection, Book of the Bloodless Volume 1: Alternative Afterlives. The book was an Award-Winning Finalist in the ‘Fiction: Short Story’ category of the International Book Awards, sponsored by American Book Fest. It also won Author Shout’s Cover Wars.

Chris runs a popular fiction writing blog, judges the To Hull And Back humorous short story competition and publishes thousands of writers’ stories in support of literary charities via his flash fiction writing challenges.

Via the writing challenges, Chris compiled and edited a world record-breaking book. The 81 Words Flash Fiction Anthology, published by Victorina Press, contains 1,000 stories written by 1,000 authors. It won Best Anthology in the 2022 Saboteur Awards.

Chris runs an email newsletter that goes out a couple of times a month. It’s currently free to sign up and gives regular details of writing competitions, guest posts by experienced writers/editors, details of new books that have been published by subscribers, and lots of other writing-related content.

You can learn more about Chris on his website: www.christopherfielden.com

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