Fantastic Flashing 1 & 2

Focused on generating new work both versions of the course have 10 workshops each. Workshop include a craft article, inspirational reading and an associated writing prompt. We’ll look at different ways you can approach flash fiction writing to create innovative and memorable stories that stand out to readers. You’ll discover new ways to find stories and get to know characters in depth even though they only appear briefly on the page.

Stories written on previous courses have appeared in many online journals and been listed and places in contests such as Bath Flash Fiction Award, Flash500, Reflex Fiction and more.

Content is accessible 24/7 on our community website.

These courses are currently only available to our Community Members as part of the Courses Membership Package.

Course tutor

Amanda Saint

As a writer

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 in journals and anthologies and long and shortlisted in many contests including Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition, Fish Flash Fiction Prize, Ink Tears Short Story Prize, Flash 500 and V300; and won the Editor’s Choice Prize at 101 Words.

As a teacher and publishing professional

Amanda is the founder of, commissioning editor and publisher at the award-winning Retreat West Books (Winner: Most Innovative Publisher 2020 Saboteur Awards), which publishes novels, memoirs and short fiction. She has been designing and teaching online courses, and live workshops, for many years and has worked as an editor on hundreds of manuscripts.

Feedback from previous participants

Gosh I’ve absolutely LOVED this course. What a brilliant way to improve your flash writing.

Fantastic generative environment. Thank YOU.

The lessons were just the right length, the tone of the material was perfect, and the examples were helpful and inspiring.

The course was great. Really inspiring and helpful.