Flash Fiction February

Online Community Course: 1st to 29th February 2024

This new online flash fiction course is split into two halves of creation and critique. We’ll be using stories that have won prizes as the inspiration for the craft discussion, analysis and prompt, to help you take your flash fiction writing to the next level.

Limited to 20 writers (18 spaces left)

Course Outline

1st to 14th February

Writing craft discussion, reading and analysis, and prompt posted every day. By not posting the stories you write and just focusing on creating in this half of the course, your brains will be free to write more creatively without having to think about editing or critiquing other people’s writing from the course, or having your own critiqued.

16th to 29th February

Post the stories you have created for developmental critique from me and the other writers on the course. Each day of the critique half of the course, you will need to read and comment on two stories, and will receive comment from two other people too.  Readings will be allocated each day so that everyone gets to interact with different people throughout the course. 

The course will take place in a private space on our community website and the content will be accessible 24/7 after it’s posted for you to work through when suits you best. For the duration of the course you will also be able to take part in all of the community workshops and watch all of the recordings of past events.

It’s pay what you can afford starting at £60. Just choose what you want to pay by typing in the amount. 


Amanda Saint started Retreat West in 2012 and launched Retreat West Books in 2017 (Winner: Most Innovative Publisher 2020 Saboteur Awards). She has been designing and teaching online courses, and live workshops, for many years and has worked as an editor on hundreds of manuscripts. 

She’s the author of two novels, As If I Were A River (2016), which 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; and Remember Tomorrow (2019 ). Her novella-in-flash, Pressure Drop, is publishing soon. She has almost finished a flash fiction collection and is just starting work on her third novel. Amanda is also training to be a mindfulness teacher and writes The Mindful Writer.

Amanda’s short stories and flash fictions have been widely published in journals and anthologies; long/shortlisted in the Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition, Fish Flash Fiction Prize, Ink Tears Short Story Prize, Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition, Flash 500 and V300; nominated for Best Small Fictions 2023; and won the Editor’s Choice Prize at 101 Words.