Fantastic Flashing

Online flash fiction writing course

Work alone start anytime course: Normally £85 but available half price during the coronavirus outbreak to help keep your writing mojo going in difficult times.

The Fantastic Flashing online course will help you to hone your flash fiction writing skills and create lots of new work in the 2 week period. Plus you’ll get feedback from course tutor, Amanda Saint, on a 500-word story you produce.

Book the Start Anytime course £42.50


Course tutor

Amanda Saint is the author of two novels, As If I Were A River (2016) and Remember Tomorrow (2019). Her short fiction collection, Flashes Of Colour, is coming in 2020. Amanda’s short fictions have been widely published in anthologies and journals, including in Ellipsis Zine, Spelk Fiction, STORGY, VirtualZine, The Drabble and Cabinet of Heed; and longlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Prize, the Mslexia Flash Fiction Prize and the Ink Tears Short Story competition, shortlisted for the Flash 500, and won the Editor’s Choice Prize at 101 Words. She has been designing and judging flash fiction competitions for several years. Amanda founded and runs Retreat West, providing writing competitions, courses and retreats, and Retreat West Books indie press, which publishes short fiction, novels and memoirs.


Course content

Every morning you’ll get an email with the day’s prompts (3 per day) which will focus on writing different lengths and styles of flash, and get you thinking about the form differently. It will also include links to flashes to read and learn from.

By the end of the course you’ll be confident to write flash that has a real impact and doesn’t rely on a punchline ending. And if you write one from each prompt you’ll have 42 new stories to work with. You can work at your own pace but to get the most out of the course you should try to write from at least 1 prompt each day.

If you sign up for the collaborative course, you’ll also get access to an online forum to share what you’re creating with other writers on the course. You’ll get ongoing input from Amanda Saint too.

At the end of both versions of the course you get to pick one piece you’ve created (up to 500 words) and send it to Amanda Saint for feedback.

What writers said about the online Fantastic Flashing course:

“Loved this course! Intense, invigorating and Amanda’s encouragement and feedback are always welcome and insightful.”

Excellent, varied and interesting prompts.

I love the photo prompts. Great stories to learn from as well.

It’s been invaluable in generating new ideas and learning about structure and other writing techniques.

The course is really interesting and challenging.

What writers said about the live Fantastic Flashing workshop:

“5 stars – gave me fabulous ideas for writing flash.”

“I was introduced to Flash Fiction for the first time on Amanda Saint’s amazing workshop. It has opened up a whole new world and certainly compliments my novel writing.”

“Good value and great tips, left with six new ideas and a chunk of new knowledge about writing successful flashes. Highly recommend.”



Start anytime course

Book the Start Anytime course £42.50


After making your payment via PayPal (you don’t have to have an account and can use a debit or credit card) then please make sure you add your contact details on the web page you are taken to after the payment completes, so that you get added to the course mailing list to receive the course content.

Group course dates for 2020 are:

Dates for the next group course will be announced soon…



If you sign up as a Retreat West Author Member you’ll get a discount of between 5% and 35% on on our courses included in your benefits package, as well as whole load of other great stuff to get you writing, learning and submitting more. Get info here.




Booking T&Cs

  • Full payment is due to reserve a space
  • Cancellations up to 4 weeks before the course start date will receive a full refund minus a £15 admin fee
  • Cancellations up to 2 weeks before the course start date will receive a 50% refund minus a £15 admin fee
  • Cancellations less than 2 weeks before the course start date will not be eligible for a refund
  • Stories must be sent in for feedback within 4 weeks of the course ending
  • Stories sent in for feedback cannot be submitted for any of the Retreat West flash fiction competitions