If you're interested in tales of untamed warriors and corrupt sorcerers, flashing swords and forbidden rituals, and fierce action amid haunted ruins, then you're in the right place! ⚔️

Learn to write a short story in the tradition of classic sword and sorcery authors like Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Michael Moorcock, C.L. Moore and more!

Write Your First Sword & Sorcery Story is a five-lesson activity-based course designed to give you an overview of the basic elements of classic sword & sorcery fiction, along with tips and techniques for crafting an atmospheric, action-packed tale.

This course is aimed at beginning writers interested in sword and sorcery fiction. However, writers of all skill levels are invited to enroll.

At the end of this course, you'll apply what you've learned to outline—and then write—a 3,000-word short story in the style of classic sword and sorcery.


Register for this program

Pay a one-time fee or two monthly installments.

Why write sword and sorcery?

There are several reasons to write sword and sorcery stories, particularly for beginners:

  • Sword and sorcery stories have clear genre elements and well-established tropes that can provide an easier framework for novice writers to start from

  • Sword and sorcery stories are sensational, full of over-the-top characters, lurid descriptions, and surprise twists. Beyond being fun, writing these kinds of stories can be a good way to practice character, description, pacing, and plot structure.

  • Writing sword and sorcery gives you an excuse to indulge your ferocious side by telling bloody, salacious stories set in a fictionalized prehistorical era

  • Creating new sword and sorcery stories can help breathe new life into this classic genre

This is a self-paced, activity-based course

Here's a brief overview of the curriculum:

    1. Welcome to Write Your First Sword & Sorcery Story!

    2. About the Instructor

    3. Get to Know the Storytelling Collective

    1. Course Materials

    1. Lesson 1. Elements of Sword and Sorcery

    2. Lesson 1. Activity

    1. Lesson 2. Adding Your Personal Twist

    2. Lesson 2. Activities

    1. Lesson 3. Writing Fast, Visceral Action

    2. Lesson 3. Activities

    1. Lesson 4. Using Cliffhangers to Build Excitement

    2. Lesson 4. Activities

About this course

  • $49.00
  • 5 Lessons
  • Project Activities
  • Worksheets

Plus, your registration includes:

  • Help and support from your instructor

  • Access to a private Discord channel

  • Indefinite access to the course and any future course updates

  • Support, encouragement, and accountability from the StoCo community

About the Instructor

Sersa Victory

Sersa Victory is a game designer, writer, and programmer specializing in tournament deathtrap dungeons for TTRPGs. He has published a number of top-selling adventure modules, including the ENnie Award-winning Shrine of the Jaguar Princess. His other recent work includes the Kobold Press adventure Crater of the Flaying Star and Troll Lord Games’s Shadowdark conversion of Gary Gygax’s The Hermit. His fiction has been published by Scribemind Books, Savage Realms Monthly, DMR Books, and others.

Register for this program

Pay a one-time fee or two monthly installments.