• When?

    November 2020

  • Where?

    Online - spaces limited to 12 writers.

  • How much?


Join us to write micro fictions

Get inspired, motivated and writing!

What does the course include?

From Monday-Friday every week in November, 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 throughout the month. 

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

You can chat and share your work for feedback with your course mates and tutors in the online forum.

You’ll receive detailed feedback on 10 stories created during the course, which must be sent to the tutors within 4 weeks of the course ending.

Course tutors

Amanda Saint

A person smiling for the camera

Description automatically generated
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

A person wearing a hat and smiling at the camera

Description automatically generated

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. 




Join us to write micro fictions

Get inspired, motivated and writing!


  • 1

    Week 1 - Tutorials from Mary-Jane

    • Welcome to the Micro Fiction Month!

    • Week 1 - Day 1: Fables

    • Week 1 - Day 2: Image as Focus

    • Week 1 - Day 3: Guided Writing

    • Week 1 - Day 4: Dialogue

    • Week 1 - Day 5: Guided Free Write

  • 2

    Week 2 - Tutorials from Amanda

    • Week 2 - Day 1: Image as Inspiration

    • Week 2 - Day 2: Being Ridiculous

    • Week 2 - Day 3: Single Word Prompts

    • Week 2 - Day 4: Inciting Incidents

    • Week 2 - Day 5: Secrets and Lies

  • 3

    Week 3

    • Week 3 - Day 1: The Power of Syntax - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Week 3 - Day 2: White Space - Tutor: Amanda

    • Week 3 - Day 3: Oxymorons - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Week 3 - Day 4: Heartbeats - Tutor: Amanda

    • Week 3 - Day 5: Shake it Up - Tutor: Mary-Jane

  • 4

    Week 4

    • Week 4 - Day 1: Story Arcs - Tutor: Amanda

    • Week 4 - Day 2: Changes - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Week 4 - Day 3: Atmospheric Conditions - Tutor: Amanda

    • Week 4 - Day 4: The Poemy Micro Fiction - Tutor: Mary-Jane

    • Week 4 - Day 5: The Power of Titles - Tutor: Amanda

  • 5

    Week 5

    • Week 5 - Day 1: Sculpting Stories - Tutor: Amanda

    • Week 5 - Day 2: How to COAP- Tutor: Mary-Jane

Join us to write micro fictions

Get inspired, motivated and writing!