SHORT FICTION COURSES

The Long FLASH Fiction Course (March-May 2021)


Running over two months, this relaxed, supportive course allows writers plenty of time to complete assignments, but provides enough structure to keep them focused on improving their short fiction writing. The course emphasises participation through innovative writing exercises, feedback exchange and studying great short fiction. It provides opportunities, over an extended period, for course members to gain support and encouragement through connection with tutors and other writers.

  • Six modules, each with a writing task, to be completed every 10 days. Written pieces will receive feedback from course tutor and peers.
  • A Guest Tutor (TBC) will create one of the modules and provide feedback on written work.
  • During the course, there will analysis and discussion on a series of Study Stories (using examples of great flash fiction).
  • Participants will have access to a website where they can exchange feedback and chat, enabling them to become part of a virtual online writing group.

Please note there are no ‘live’ sessions on this course, or specific writing assignments or time commitments (the whole thing is asynchronous). It is deliberately flexible so you can fit it around your own schedule.

Proposed Dates: March 22 – May 21, 2021
Cost: £210 (or equivalent in your local currency)

Booking: Scroll down to the contact form below.


About my writing courses

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I run online courses that help writers create flash and short fiction pieces they can develop and get published, through innovative writing exercises and an emphasis on reading and analysis of existing texts.

Most courses are aimed at flash and short fiction writers (from novices/early career writers through to more experienced published authors).

I currently use a web-based platform (Mighty Networks) to host the courses, not Facebook.

There are regular discounted places for writers from marginalised or low income backgrounds. Please use the contact form below to register your interest in booking a place on future courses.


Feedback from previous courses

“Your prompts have been unique and inspiring. Your feedback has been the right mix of gentle and nudging. You’ve a keen insight for improving pieces in ways that weren’t always obvious to me. I appreciate your time and expertise and I would definitely take this workshop again.”

“This course was refreshingly different. Cleverly thought out and planned. It felt like a real community of supportive writers. I would highly recommend this course.”

“The course website was excellent and easy to navigate…it worked brilliantly. Best course I’ve taken in terms of content.”

“I found the whole thing incredibly motivating and useful…really changed the way I write and ultimately view my own writing process, so thank you for that! Also, the info on editing was really useful too…a bit of a game-changer to be honest. I had really high expectations for this course and it did not disappoint in the slightest!”

“Three flash fictions emerged from a week’s course which is unheard of for me. This is a very focused course that gives you a toolkit to write freely and pushes you out of your comfort zone. I would definitely do another of your courses.”

“The level of attention you paid to making the exercises challenging and meaningful, to me is superb…I very much appreciated the level of excellence in what and how you presented everything.”


My Experience

I am an award-winning author, with a background in running fiction writing workshops online and in-person. In summary: 

  • Widely published flash fiction and short story author, having been published in more than 50 anthologies and literary magazines, and won (or been placed) in competitions including BBC National Short Story Award, Bridport Prize, Royal Society of Literature Prize.
  • My debut flash collection All That Is Between Us (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019) has been critically acclaimed by Kathy Fish, Meg Pokrass, Nuala O’Connor, Angela Readman, David Gaffney etc. It was shortlisted for a 2020 Saboteur Award.
  • Short story course tutor for UK-based publisher Comma Press.
  • Guest lectured on undergraduate university courses in Bath and Oxford.
  • Run workshops at the Flash Fiction Festival and for National Flash Fiction Day in the UK.
  • Panelist/guest at live literary festival events on writing craft and flash fiction.
  • Former Guest Editor for the A3 Review literary magazine and flash fiction competition judge.
  • Short Fiction Competition judge including for National Flash Fiction Day in UK and New Zealand and for the Phare Literary Magazine WriteWords contest.