I held my first ever free live workshop over Zoom on November 8, 2023. Here is a replay (edited).

You really want to write fiction.
You know about grammar.
You know the mechanics, can't find the time.
Or you have lots of ideas, but don't know where or how to start.
Or you start a story but lose steam at some point and never finish it.
Or maybe you wonder...
could you say all you want to about the characters and worlds in your head in a short story?
How can you possibly get that dazzling story out of your head and onto the page?
You are already a storyteller.

You are already a writer.

And even if you've never taken the plunge before, you can become a fiction writer.

And you can do it in five weeks.


A Doable Method to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish in Five Weeks


This course is focused on helping aspiring fiction writers who know the basics of writing, but are struggling with starting or finishing a short story to get that final draft done. It can be done. You can do it. And you can do it in five weeks.

Here's just some of what you'll learn and do each week:

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Face the Great Blank Expanse

Prepare with a no-pressure way to face that blank page, and generate and explore story ideas.

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Map Route or Lay Down Track

Learn how and why to create an outline, and how to use that outline

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Handle that Block

Learn how to handle your inner editor and what to do if you get stuck or bored with your story.

You'll also learn tips and techniques for adapting the method to your schedule, your environment, and the tools you have available.

Hi, I'm Nila Patel

And I'm a fictioneer. I've been writing and posting a short story every week on my site ( since 2013. Why? To accomplish my lifelong dream of fiction-writing. I've written over 500 stories in the genres of science fiction, mythology, horror, and fairy tale. What started as a personal challenge has developed into a skill and a method that I adapt and use regularly to get my stories written (even when I've put the task off for longer than I should have). And I am excited to share that method with others who dream of writing stories of the worlds, beings, and adventures that exist in their imaginations.

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Sneak Preview

The recap from the lecture entitled "What if I Get Stuck, Blocked, or Bored?"

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