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World Book Day

Short Stories


'a story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel.'


But just how short can a short story be?


It is rumoured that Ernest Hemingway - a very famous, American writer - wrote the shortest story ever written when he was just 10 years old. 



The story was just 6 words long and was influenced by a very tragic real-life event.





Can you write a story in just 6 words? 


Remember, a short story must have a theme and take the reader on a journey.  It needs to be carefully planned and cleverly constructed. Give it a go! Will yours be a tragedy like Hemingway's? Or will you choose to write a comedy, fantasy, adventure story or even a poem?


The Shortest Poem


You all know that I love poetry, and I recently came across the shortest poem ever written.  It was written by George Macdonald in 1893 and I loved it so much that I painted it on a stone from Dovercourt beach and displayed it on a shelf in my living room (see below). Will you choose to display your short story in a similar way?  Remember, simple techniques can be extremely effective!