The 14-Day
Story-building Intensive

Write a short story like a pro -
in just two weeks!

Gain the skills, the method, and the confidence
to write short stories with ease.

If you struggle to write a good story, we take you on a step-by-step guided journey – from idea to completed, polished short story!

Our Story-building Challenge starts on Monday 30 August, after which you’ll write 14 sections of a short story in 14 days!

You’ll have an award-winning writer giving you daily tips and tools as you progress, AND you will receive a professional 3-page report on your story once the challenge is complete.




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This Course Gives You...

14 Exciting Daily Writing Challenges

We provide thought-provoking challenges that will push you to develop your craft and explore your style of writing.

Access to a Supportive Facebook group

Join other writers from around the world in a small, supportive, group, moderated by a professional writer. Part of the fun is reading the writing of other participants.

A Professional Writing Critique

Award-winning author and writing tutor, Alex Smith, will assess your short story, provide feedback, and steps to improve your work.

A Flexible Schedule

Write wherever and whenever you want. You can easily fit the Creative Writing Challenge around work and other commitments.

50 Pages of Potent, Expert Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing. The course presents topics covering creative writing basics.

Access to Short Stories Written by the Masters

Learn from the master storytellers. We encourage you to read up to 14 short stories during the challenge.

Master the Steps of Storytelling and Create a Complete Short Story

Take your short story writing to the next level

Our 14-Day Story-building Challenge will demystify the story-writing process, giving you tools and tricks that you can use for all stories that you write. 

Keep up your daily writing habit with a new writing challenge that arrives in your Inbox every day for 14 days. Each challenge comes with a new tool or step that you need to master to progress in your story.

Complete the tasks in private, or, if you enjoy the social interaction with other writers, post your writing in the small Private Facebook Group set up especially for you.

This course is for beginner to intermediate writers.

Reviews from Past Students

‘Excellent course. It was a valuable learning experience and left me wanting to do more and write more.’ – Mark Chivers

‘Enthralling. "200-300 words every day" sounds doable, and it is. But the choosing and placing of those words into an order never seen before: that's the beauty and agony of telling a story for the first time.’ – Clive Ritchie

‘I would describe myself as a writing toddler and The Writers College as a sensitive and insightful nanny who made me discover that I can climb stairs - the experience was exhilarating.’ – Claudia Bolz

‘The course exceeded my expectations and provided the structure and motivation to keep writing. Fun, challenging, full of energy. Thank you for the journey.’ – Judy Port

‘I feel like my Muse had a makeover: fresh, happier and definitely wiser.’ – Princy Kiran

Alex smith creative writing tutor at the writers college

Tutors for this Challenge

Alex Smith

Alex Smith is the award-winning author of five novels.

Algeria’s Way, Drinking from the Dragon’s Well, Four Drunk Beauties and Devilskein & Dearlove were published by Random House (Umuzi), and Agency Blue was published by Tafelberg.

Her work has received widespread acclaim. Drinking from the Dragon’s Well was longlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and Devilskein & Dearlove was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal in the UK. Agency Blue won a Sanlam Youth Literature Award, while Four Drunk Beauties won the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award.

Alex will be answering your questions in a Zoom Q & A session.

Creative writing challenge at the writers college

Hayley Leibowitz

Award-winning editor, author and scriptwriter, Hayley Leibowitz has had a 25-year career in the media world. She has written for daily soap opera and television drama, including popular telenovella, Isidingo and series like Ashes to Ashes and High Rollers. As part of a writing team she has tackled everything from brainstorming meetings with producers to storylining, script editing and of course, scriptwriting.

Currently working as a magazine editor, she is also building her career as a romance author. Writing under a pen name, she has been published by Waterhouse Press and Liquid Silver Publishing. She has also self-published five novellas and three full-length contemporary romances so far. In addition, Hayley completed a middle-grade children’s manuscript through a course with The Writers College’s very own Helen Brain.

As an experienced journalist and editor, Hayley holds a BJourn from Rhodes University. In 2003, she was awarded second place in the Roche International Award for Obesity Journalism in the Medical category.

The Curriculum

Topic 1

3 Secrets to Creating Believable Characters

  • Consider 3 decisions you need to make for each character
  • Complete 5 tasks

Topic 2

Creating a Setting

  • Learn about 4 important aspects of setting
  • Complete 3 tasks

Topic 3

Inventing Plot

  • Discover the 4 elements of plot
  • Complete 4 tasks

Topic 4

7 Steps to Building a Story 

  • Explore the 7 steps to building a story
  • Complete 4 tasks

Sign up for the
14-Day Story-building Challenge
for a discounted rate.

NZ $167, ZAR 1670, £ 86

This course is for you, if you want to...

Places are limited. Complete the application form to enrol.

Once you've submitted the form, you will be taken to our
secure payment gateway via Paypal. Writers in South Africa
will receive our SA banking details.

14-Day Story-building Challenge: NZ $167, ZAR 1670, £ 86

Feedback from Past Students

‘It motivated me to write every day which I don’t do on my own. I enjoyed reading other peoples’ contributions. The short story material was excellent. Overall a great experience and I am sad that it is over.’ - Alice Shaw

‘It was very helpful and inspiring. So much information to read that I will now go back into and digest.’ - Vanessa Narbey

‘A combination of punctual and precise guidance by professional tutors together with the warm daily support of group members at your same level.’ – Ravi Gehani

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the short daily writing tasks. It was stimulating and got my creative juices flowing. It was exciting to wake up every morning to an email with the day’s challenge and thought the notes were excellent and enhanced the way I now write.’ – Catherine Jarvis

Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, as well as daily writing tips and inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students on our certified courses* are invited to join our writers for hire service. *Our certified courses are tutored one-to-one. Students must produce 10 000 + words.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements in our bi-monthly newsletters.

Any Questions?

Let us know if you have any questions about the 14-Day Challenge.