2021 Community Events

We’re so excited about all the online masterclass events we have planned for 2021. Here’s an insight into what we’ve got planned during the first half of the year.

Each 1- hour session starts with a presentation/workshop session from the speaker and is followed by a Q&A. They’re all at 7pm UK time but if our members can’t make the live event, the recording is shared the next day so that everyone can watch again whenever they like.


How to Make it onto Shortlists with Peter Jordan

Tips and insights from multi-award winning short story writer, Peter Jordan. He’ll be sharing his knowledge and experience from both sides of the competition as a writer and as a judge.

Peter Jordan is a short story writer from Belfast. He has won the Bare Fiction prize, came second in the Fish prize, and was shortlisted for both the Bridport and the Bath short story prizes. His work has received various awards, including three Arts Council grants. Over 50 of his stories have appeared in literary magazines, journals and anthologies.

His short story collection, Calls to Distant Places, was released in August 2019. He can be found on Twitter @pm_jordan. His website address is surfmyshorts.com


Writing Your Way into Fabulous Flash Fiction with Kathy Fish

We all struggle now and then to come up with great “ideas” for flash stories. But what if we’ve got it backwards? What if our best “ideas” flow from the act of writing itself? This seminar will have you tapping into your own subconscious; exploring dreams, memories, and images without a template, plan, or map. Expect to leave this session with a draft of surprising depth and beauty. 

Kathy Fish has been writing, editing, and teaching flash fiction for over twenty years. Her stories have been widely published and reprinted. Her fifth collection, Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018is now in its 2nd print run with Matter Press. She is a recipient of the Copper Nickel Editor’s Prize and a 2020 Ragdale Foundation Fellowship.  

Her highly sought after Fast Flash workshops, begun in 2014, have resulted in numerous publications and awards for the hundreds of writers who have taken part. Currently, she is writing a flash fiction guidebook, The Art of Flash Fiction. She publishes a free monthly newsletter, with craft articles and writing prompts here: artofflashfiction.substack.com 


So What’s Your Book About? with C.M. Taylor and Amanda Saint

Together, Craig and Amanda designed and tutor the Novel Creator Course. Narrative art is how events in time (PLOT) change or do not change human beings (CHARACTER), according to the writer’s sensibility (THEME). Craig and Amanda will show you a simple, repeatable method to get these three elements working in harmony to really make your book about something.

Craig’s novels Premiership Psycho (Corsair, 2011) and Group of Death (Corsair, 2012) form two-thirds of a satirical trilogy described as ‘Brilliant’ by The Sun, and ‘Horribly entertaining’ by The Mirror. They’ve been optioned for TV by Plan B, with Craig writing the pilot. He’s been nominated for the British Science Fiction book of the year, while his comedy drama Staying On (Duckworth, 2018) has been described as ‘a trademark sweet-and-sour Mike Leigh film in novel form’. He co-wrote the thriller film Writers Retreat which was premiered at the Sitges International Film Festival and he continues to be commissioned to write scripts for TV and film.

Amanda’s debut novel, As If I Were A River, was longlisted for the Guardian Not The Booker Prize, 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. Amanda’s flash fictions have been widely published; longlisted in the Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition, Fish Flash Fiction Prize, and 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 2021, and she is now working on a novella-in-flash. 


Flash Fiction and the Art of Instant Immersion with K.M. Elkes

One of the fundamental skills of writing, from micro-fiction to novels, is how to seduce your reader from the start by immersing them in your story world. This is at its most acute in flash fiction, where concision is key. This webinar explores some of the key elements of instant immersion through great texts, take home writing exercises and discussion.   

K.M. Elkes is the award-winning author of the flash fiction collectionAll That Is Between Us (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019) which was shortlisted for a 2020 Saboteur Award. His flash has won or been placed at the Bath Flash Fiction Award, Reflex Fiction Prize, Fish Publishing Prize and the Bridport Prize. He has been published in 50 anthologies and literary magazines, including the Best Microfiction Anthology 2019. 

His short stories have been successful in major competitions, including the BBC National Short Story Award, Royal Society of Literature Award and Manchester Fiction Prize. He runs regular online short fiction workshops – details via www.kmelkes.co.uk.


Create that Collection with Barbara Byar

Have a pile of short stories/ideas? Wondering what to do with them all? Afraid they’re not “good” enough to put in a collection? This workshop will give you the confidence and tools to help you take the next step with your writing and create a short story collection.

Barbara’s debut collection Some Days Are Better Than Ours was published November, 2019 to rave reviews. A story from this collection was long-listed for the An Post Irish Book Awards, Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award 2020. Her collection was also short-listed for the 2020 Saboteur Awards. She received Pushcart and Best Small Fictions nominations in 2020.

Barbara is a previous Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair winner and has had short fiction published in various literary magazines. She has been short-listed for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award and long listed for the Bare Fiction Prize. As a Senior Editor for the inaugural BIFFY50, she helped select the top 50 British and Irish flash pieces of 2018/19 and has also been a competition judge for Reflex Fiction and TSS Publishing and reader and Senior Editor for TSS Publishing, UK and Virtual Zine.

Website: http://barbarabyar.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @BarbaraByar