5,000 Words: Four Scenes. I’m currently writing a series of short stories, each of which is under 5,000 words in draft form: http://www.fabfreelancewriting.com/blog/2014/05/08/writing-short-stories-fast-scene-secret/#
Forty-Four Short Story Ideas Here are lots of short story ideas that you can use as writing prompts. Use these story starters on their own or to get ideas for the CWN Free Online Writing Courses. You'll also find links to more creative writing prompts at the bottom of the page. Any of these ideas can be used either humorously or dramatically... or you can try both. Have fun!
Don't let your literature anthology dictate the short stories you read with your middle school and high school students. There are so many wonderful short stories out there, many of which can be used to teach a variety of literary elements and paired with other texts. Read on for 13 of my favorites, which literary terms and skills they lend themselves to teaching, plus suggested text pairings and activities.