Creative writing

Creative Writing in English: The Short Story

15 credits

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How many words do you need to tell a gripping story? How to begin in medias res, or tie up loose ends in a story?

These are some of the questions this course addresses. It offers tools for developing your short story writing skills through reading and writing exercises. Narrative techniques like crafting an opening, characterisation and dialogue are practised in creating a short story through process writing. In addition, inspiration will be drawn from the art of prominent short story writers.

Writing sample

Please note that in order to be eligible for the course, you will need to both apply via (or and send in a sample of your writing. The selection of applicants for this course will be based on the quality of the submitted writing samples.

The sample piece should be narrative fiction, written in English, and no longer than 10 pages.

Format: Times New Roman 12, 1.5 line spacing, Word or PDF. Note that excerpts from longer texts as well as text still in progress are accepted as writing samples.

Send the text as an attached file to Deadline is 30 April 2020.

Please name the file as follows: 1EN140_Last name_First name. Also include your name and application number in the document itself.


To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.

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