Flash Focus

A 6-week Zoom course to take your Flash Fiction writing to the next level.

Zoom sessions: Wednesday evenings from 18.30-20.30 UK time on the following dates:

  • October 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
  • November 1st and 8th

Limited to 5 writers (SOLD OUT)

We’ll be looking at ways you zoom in on on the things that really matter in your flash stories. And what needs to be on the page to get those across to the reader. Each session will feature a craft discussion and a close reading and analysis of a flash fiction.

We will look at stories by Weike Wang, Kathy Fish, Anton Chekhov, Amber Sparks, David Gaffney and Sofia Samatar.

Each week a writing assignment will be given and then over the next 5 sessions one writer will read their story written from that assignment and get detailed developmental feedback from the group.

After the course is finished, you can send one of the other stories you write to Amanda Saint for detailed feedback to help you develop it further.

Pay what you can afford between £65 and £160. Just type what you want to pay in the box.

Course Tutor – Amanda Saint

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 ). She’s just completed a novella-in-flash, 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 stories have been widely published; 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.