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What does the course include?

You'll get a mix of readings, questions to get you thinking, and a prompt with word count goal to write to. Word counts will vary from 75 to 300 words across the 22 tutorials.

Use the prompts to put together a themed micro collection, or to create lots of standalone pieces for competition and journal submission. 

If you purchase the feedback version you'll get a detailed critique on 2 stories created during the course, which must be sent within 4 weeks of the course ending.

Course tutors

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, winner of the 2020 Saboteur Award for Most Innovative Publisher (shortlisted 2019). 

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 been widely published and listed in Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition, Fish Flash Fiction Prize, Ink Tears Short Story Prize, and 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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Mary-Jane is passionate about writing, teaching and editing creative writing. A Forward Prize nominee and Hawthornden Fellow, Mary-Jane has won the Bath Novella-in-Flash Prize, the Bridport Poetry prize, Martin Starkie, Dromineer, Reflex Fiction and Mslexia Flash prize as well as the Bedford Poetry competition. In 2020, she was shortlisted for the Beverley International Prize for Literature and longlisted for the UK National Poetry Prize. Mary-Jane’s debut poetry collection Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass is published by Pindrop Press.

Her work appears in anthologies including Best Small Fictions 2014/16/18  and Best Microfictions 2020 and in a variety of publications including Magma, Modern Poetry in Translation,  The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Tishman Review, Magma, Barren, Spelk, Cabinet of Heed, Firewords, Flashback Fiction, Mslexia, Fictive Dream, The Lonely Crowd, and Prole.

Her novella in Flash 'Don’t Tell the Bees', will be published later this year by Ad Hoc Fiction. 




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Course content

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    Micro Fiction Tutorials

    • Welcome to the Micro Fiction Course!

    • Tutorial 1: Fables - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Tutorial 2: Image as Focus - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Tutorial 3: Guided Writing - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Tutorial 4: Dialogue - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Tutorial 5 - Day 5: Guided Free Write - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Tutorial 6: Image as Inspiration - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 7 - Day 2: Being Ridiculous - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 8: Single Word Prompts - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 9: Inciting Incidents - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 10: Secrets and Lies - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 11: The Power of Syntax - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Tutorial 12: White Space - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 13: Oxymorons - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Tutorial 14: Heartbeats - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 15: Shake it Up - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Tutorial 16: Story Arcs - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 17: Changes - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Tutorial 18: Atmospheric Conditions - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 19: The Poemy Micro Fiction - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Tutorial 20: The Power of Titles - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 21: Sculpting Stories - Tutor: Amanda

    • Tutorial 22: How to COAP - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • The End!

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