The Flash Mini

Take your flash fiction writing to the next level

A fun and intensive three days of flash fiction writing focused on creating new pieces of work to hone and polish once the hard work is done. Each tutorial includes writing prompts, readings and a discussion of the craft of flash. You will receive detailed feedback from one of the tutors on a story you send in after the course, to help you develop it towards being submission ready.


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 Mini

    • Welcome to the Flash Mini Course

    • Day 1 - Infinite Riches in a Small Room and the Power of Implication

    • Day 2 - The Suggestion of Plot and Instilling a Narrative Drive

    • Day 3 - Kidnapping the Reader and Experimenting with Narrative Forms

Social proof: testimonials

First rate

Cat Lane

Everything about it was first rate. I was pushed to delve deep from the interesting and challenging prompts, and as a result created work I would never have created otherwise.

Highly recommended

Louisa King

A fantastic course for writers at any level who want to be motivated and inspired. I gained so much from doing this and will use the material again and again. It pushed me to try new things and look at my writing in a new way. Highly recommend this course.

Brilliant short course

Malcolm Richardson

A brilliant short course revealing some of the secrets of good short fiction. Theory backed up with flash fictions giving practical examples.

Very glad I took this course

Nancy Ludmerer

Great examples and prompts helped me spend the weekend creating new flash fictions. Very glad I took this course!