In 1916 he entered Niasvizh Teachers' Seminary. Unfortunately he was not able to finish his study there because the seminary was closed down by Polish authorities in 1919.
In 1923 he entered Belarusian State University (pedagogical faculty, literary department) and joined the literary association Maladniak.
His first article and poems were published in 1920 and first two books appeared in 1925. Chorny's early stories are written as novellas and show the spiritual revival of a person who comes from the lower strata of society. His style undergoes significant changes in the mid 1920s acquiring deeper psychological character. Maturity of style and philosophical approach are vividly observed in his long novels "Sister", "Land", "Motherland", etc. Chorny was the first in Belarusian literature to equate Fascism with Stalinism - a theme later developed by V. Bykov.
Chorny translated into Belarusian the famous works of Russian classics such as Pushkin, Gogol, Ostrovsky, Gorky and others.
"Srebra Zhyttsya" (Silver of Life)
"Pa daroze" (On the Way)
"Verasneviya nochy" (September Nights)
"Dva apavyadanni" (Two Stories)
"Bryhadziravy apavyadanni" (Brigadier Stories)
"Vybraniya apaviadanni" (Selected Stories)
"Vyalikae sertsa" (Big Heart)