The Flash Weekender

21-23 February 2020 – Online flash fiction course


Limited to 20 spaces

Join us for a fun and intensive weekend of flash fiction writing focused on creating new pieces of work to hone and polish once the hard work is done.

Each morning you’ll receive an email with writing prompts, readings and a discussion of the craft of flash, plus you’ll have an online forum to share what you write with your course mates for feedback. The forum element is entirely optional and you are not obliged to comment on every story posted by your course mates.

After the weekend you have the opportunity to send the course tutors up to two stories. You will receive detailed and informed feedback on each of them, to help you develop these small gems towards being submission ready.

We use PayPal to process payments but you don’t need an account with them and can book using a credit or debit card. After making your payment, please wait until you are taken to another webpage to provide your name and email details to complete the course sign up process.


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Course tutors

Amanda Saint

Amanda Saint is a novelist, short writer and the founder of Retreat West. She is also the commissioning editor and publisher at Retreat West Books. Her debut novel, As If I Were A River, was a NetGalley Top 10 Book of the Month and a Book Magnet Blog Top 20 Book of 2016. Her new novel, Remember Tomorrow, published in March 2019. Her flash fictions have been published in many journals, including Ellipsis Zine, STORGY, Cabinet of Heed, Spelk Fiction, Flash Fiction Magazine, Lunate and Virtual Zine; as well as in several anthologies. She has been shortlisted for the Flash 500 and twice longlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Prize. Her collection, Flashes of Colour, is publishing in 2020. Amanda has been designing and teaching flash fiction courses and creating and judging flash fiction competitions for several years.


Mary-Jane Holmes

Mary-Jane Holmes is chief editor at Fish Publishing, Ireland; consulting editor at The Well Review poetry journal based in Cork; a guest editor at V. Press; and creative director at the Casa Ana Writing Retreat in Granada, Spain. In recent years she has won the 2018 Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition, 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize, the Martin Starkie Poetry Prize, the Bedford International Poetry Prize and the Dromineer Flash Fiction Prize. Her poetry collection Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass, was published in 2018 by Pindrop Press to wide acclaim. Mary-Jane’s work has been published in The Best Small Fictions Anthology 2016 and 2018, Mslexia, Reflex Fiction, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Prole, The Tishman Review, The Lonely Crowd and Firewords Quarterly. She holds a first class honours Masters of Studies in Creative Writing from Kellogg College, Oxford

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 £10 admin fee
  • Cancellations between 4 and 2 weeks before the course start date will receive a 50% refund minus a £10 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



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