The Flash Fiction Retreat

18-24 November 2019

Voley Farm, Parracombe North Devon

Ensuite twin room: £850 all inclusive / £800 for Retreat West Author Members – 1 room available

Twin/double room with shared bathroom: £800 all inclusive / £750 for Retreat West Author Members – 4 rooms available

Mezzanine room with shared bathroom: £700 all inclusive / £650 for Retreat West Author Members – 1 room available

See the cottages on the Voley Farm website


Join us for a 6-night tutored writing retreat at Voley Farm in gorgeous Exmoor National Park in North Devon where you’ll have writing workshops, time to write and explore the stunning surroundings, great home-cooked vegetarian food, delicious wine, and also get to make new writing friends.

What will you learn?

There will be five three-hour workshops during the retreat.


Two workshops will be dedicated to writing the Novella-in-Flash. This exciting new form is fast growing in popularity and the workshops will teach you how to write your own, to play with the form, and find your own unique way to deliver a novella with an overall story arc made up of flash fictions that also stand alone.

Tutor: Michael Loveday

Michael Loveday is a tutor in Adult and Higher Education, and a Director of the National Association of Writers in Education. He was judge of the 2019 Novella-in-Flash Award at Bath Flash Fiction, is also judging the 2020 Award, and has written about the novella-in-flash for Smoke Long Quarterly magazine. His own flash fiction novella Three Men on the Edge (V. Press, 2018) has been shortlisted for the 2019 Saboteur Best Novella Award. His writing has appeared in The Spectator; Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine; and Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Relief and has won, been placed or shortlisted in several writing competitions including winning the Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize in summer 2018.  He has taught flash fiction at Bath Spa University, the Hastings Literary Festival and the UK Flash Fiction Festival, where he will be chairing a panel on the novella-in-flash in 2019.

Flash Collections

Three workshops will be focused on creating work to form the basis of a collection by experimenting with voice and style and writing to themes. You’ll discover new ways to find stories, different ways to approach themes, and how you can make your flash fictions stand out when submitting to publishers and competitions.

Tutor: Amanda Saint

Amanda Saint is a flash fiction writer, publisher and tutor. She regularly teaches at writing retreats and literary festivals, and designed and teaches the popular Fantastic Flashing online course. She has been running and judging flash fiction competitions for several years, and publishes collections of flash fictions through her indie press, Retreat West Books, which was shortlisted for Most Innovative Publisher in the 2019 Saboteur Awards. Amanda’s flash fiction stories have been widely published, won awards and been long and shortlisted in prestigious prizes. She’s the author of two novels, As If I Were A River and Remember Tomorrow, and is working on a flash collection, Flashes of Colour, which will be published in 2020.

What’s included?

You’ll get 6 nights in your own room in a four-star holiday cottage in a beautiful setting with walking tracks all around. The stunning southwest coast path is just a 10-minute drive away for those that come by car. You’ll be in either Mole Cottage or Brambley Bottom.

All meals are included and will be vegetarian. If you have meaty needs feel free to bring your own (but you will need to cook it yourself too)! We can cater for vegan and gluten-free too.

What you’ll get:

  • Breakfast will be help yourself from the well-stocked kitchen that will be waiting for you in your cottage.
  • Lunch and dinner will be homemade, delicious and healthy meals eaten together.
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and snacks.
  • Wine in the evenings.
  • 15 hours of writing tutoring.

The week will look like this:

  • Monday: arrival from 3pm and spend the first night getting settled in and getting to know your fellow retreaters.
  • Tuesday: Novella-in-Flash class from 10.00 – 13.00 then free time in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday: free time in the morning then Novella-in-Flash class from 14.30 to 17.30.
  • Thursday: Flash Collection class from 10.00 to 13.00 then free time in the afternoon.
  • Friday: free time in the morning then Flash Collection class from 14.30 to 17.30.
  • Saturday: Flash Collection class from 10.00 to 13.00 then free time in the afternoon. Readings in the evening after dinner.
  • Sunday: depart after breakfast by 11am.

How do you get there?

The nearest train station is Barnstaple, which is about 14 miles away, and a pre-booked taxi from there should be around £35.

If you are driving, then there is plenty of parking at Voley Farm.

You can get more detailed travel information on the button below.

Voley Farm Directions


How do you book?

You pay a £100 non-refundable deposit now to book your place and the balance is due on or before 7th October 2019. You can make part payments during that time if you want to. Just let us know when you’ve paid your deposit that you would like to do that and we can set up a payment plan for you.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel up to 6 weeks before the retreat takes place then a full refund will be given minus the £100 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel at anytime after that we will refund the fee (minus deposit) only if we can re-sell the space.

Book using the buttons below to pay the deposit through PayPal (you don’t have to have a PayPal account and can pay with a credit or debit card) and after completing your payment please provide your name and email on the next screen you are taken to.

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