The best place to start to learn more about writing is to study the masters of the short story. Many classic short stories are available online or at your local library. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, and O. Henry are just a few of the great writers who penned stories that engage readers. For younger writers, great short stories can include the authors Anton Chekov, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, and Shirley Jackson.
After getting inspiration fromt the masters, complete the following activity:
Short Story Practice Idea
One specific practice idea that students of any age can do is to complete the following project that compares two short stories and presents the information in a poster.
Choose two short stories. Make a poster that compares two of the following items or elements in the three stories:
- Point of View
The posters must include the name and author of each story. In addition, make sure to show examples of the two elements. This can be done with a combination of symbols, pictures, short quotes or brief explanations. This will give you a visual when writing your own short story.
Elements of a Short Story, Ms. Engram's English Class.
Structure of a Short Story, Philip Brewer's Writer's Page.
Tips of Writing a Short Story, Abilene Christian University, Jerz's Writing Page.