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Writing Your First Novel and Writing Short Stories – two 60-minute Masterclass eBooks

Do you believe that you have the ability to write a novel, but little idea where to start? Do you yearn to write a perfect short story?

Shelley Weiner’s two pithy and informative Guardian Masterclass eBooks offer the perfect mix of practical guidance and friendly support. The prospect of embarking on a novel can feel like starting to climb a mountain with its top lost in the clouds. You can imagine the view from the summit, but how do you identify the best ascent? Novel writing requires planning, commitment, perseverance and the belief that you can reach the peak… even if you don’t yet know all the steps along the way.

Short stories, on the other hand, can seem easy because they’re – well, short. This is an illusion – not the brevity but the ease. ‘Writing Short Stories’ will help you to make the most of the truncated form. When you have a limited number of words to play with, how do you achieve the richness and depth of character and plot that you want? How can your short story be more than just a very, very brief novella? And most importantly, how do you craft a short story that leaves your reader wanting more – but feeling that your short story has achieved its fullest potential?

See Writing Your First Novel and  Writing Short Stories  for details about both these books.




  1. How do I order the goddamn book as a print edition? I don’t want kindle!!!

    Comment by Robert Selle on August 18, 2014 at 11:40 am
  2. Hi Robert – I’d also love it to be available as a print edition, but that’s up to the publishers (The Guardian). Perhaps put it to them – who knows, if enough potential book buyers ask for it, they may bring it out on paper as well as an eBook. Thank you for your interest – Shelley

    Comment by shelleyweiner on August 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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