The Flash Memoir Course

Making your memories into stories

Discover how to use your own memories to create compelling flash stories. You’ll explore how these can work as standalone pieces, and as part of a larger narrative. During the 6 tutorials you'll get writing prompts, readings and a discussion of the craft of flash memoir. Once you've completed the course you can send one story in for detailed feedback to help you develop it further.


Amanda Saint

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Amanda Saint is a novelist, flash fiction writer and the founder of Retreat West. She is also the commissioning editor and publisher at Retreat West Books. 

Her debut novel, As If I Were A River, was a NetGalley Top 10 Book of the Month and a Book Magnet Blog Top 20 Book of 2016. Her second novel, Remember Tomorrow, published in March 2019 to critical acclaim. Her flash fictions have widely published and longlisted in the Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition, the Fish Flash Fiction Prize, and the Ink Tears Short Story Prize; shortlisted for the Flash 500; and won the Editor’s Choice Prize at 101 Words. Her collection, Flashes of Colour, is publishing in 2020. 

Amanda has been designing and teaching flash fiction courses and creating and judging flash fiction competitions for several years; and has published several flash collections, anthologies and memoirs at Retreat West Books.

Mary-Jane Holmes

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Description automatically generatedMary-Jane Holmes is chief editor at Fish Publishing, Ireland; consulting editor at The Well Review poetry journal based in Cork; a guest editor at V. Press; and creative director at the Casa Ana Writing Retreat in Granada, Spain. 

In recent years she has won the 2018 Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition, 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize, the Martin Starkie Poetry Prize, the Bedford International Poetry Prize, the Dromineer Flash Fiction Prize and the Bath Flash Fiction Novella-in-F;ash Award. Her poetry collection Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass, was published in 2018 by Pindrop Press to wide acclaim. 

Mary-Jane’s work has been published in The Best Small Fictions Anthology 2016 and 2018, Mslexia, Reflex Fiction, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Prole, The Tishman Review, The Lonely Crowd and Firewords Quarterly. She holds a first class honours Masters of Studies in Creative Writing from Kellogg College, Oxford.




Course curriculum

  • 1

    The Flash Memoir Course

    • Welcome and Introduction

    • Day 1 - Writing Flash Memoir

    • Day 2 - Image as Inspiration and Focus

    • Day 3 - What is True?

    • Day 4 - Art Imitates Life

    • Day 5 - Come Out of Your Shell

    • Day 6 - The Journey to Realisation