FLASH & SHORT FICTION COURSES


Finish That Flash Workshop (January 2021)

Got flash drafts that need good feedback to make them publishable? Keep creating new fiction but often don’t finish them? Find your drafts fizzle out before the end? Want to reignite a good story that you can’t seem to develop? Just need a fresh pair of eyes on a story? If the answer to one or more of these is yes, then this five-day online workshop can help you by providing:

  • Constructive feedback on THREE flash pieces (approximately 500 words each or under) from your peers and tutor, giving you the confidence to edit, finish and submit them.
  • Peer-to-peer learning. Analysing other people’s work helps hone your ability to analyse your own material.
  • Tips & Tricks to improve your ability to turn drafts into complete pieces.

Please note there are no ‘live’ sessions on this workshop or specific writing assignments or time commitments, it is deliberately flexible so you can fit it around your own schedule Places are limited to maximise constructive feedback.

Proposed Dates: January 25-29, 2021
Cost: £65 (or equivalent in your local currency
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Booking: Scroll down to the contact form below. Please state which course you are interested in.


Long Flash Fiction Course (March-May 2021)

Running over two months, this relaxed, supportive course allows writers plenty of time to complete writing assignments, but provides enough structure to keep them focused on improving their writing style and technique.

  • 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 the course website, enabling them to become part of an online writing group for chat and support.

Please note there are no ‘live’ sessions on this workshop or specific writing assignments or time commitments, 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. Please state which course you are interested in.


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 use a web-based platform (Mighty Networks) to run 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.