Fantastic Flashing

We have 2 versions of the Fantastic Flashing online course. Both are focused on generating new work and each workshop has a craft article, inspirational reading and an associated writing prompt.

The group course lasts for 2 weeks and there are 10 workshops during that time (from Monday-Friday). The content is accessible 24/7 and you can work through it at your own pace during the 2 weeks and post work in the forum for feedback from the course tutor, Amanda Saint, and your course mates.

The work alone version is start anytime and you have access to the content for 2 months.

Next Group Course: 4th to 17th April 2022


What does the course include?

During the 2 weeks you will get 10 tutorials, one on each week day that includes:

  • Craft discussion
  • Inspiration and readings
  • 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.

You’ll be able to post the work you create from the prompts in the course forum for feedback from your course mates and tutor.

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; 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. 

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.

Very supportive and 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.

I really enjoyed these two weeks. The combination of inspirational stories and great prompts had me writing every day.

I’ve been inspired both by the course and others’ writing.