On Fridays we hold 1-hour long flash writing sessions via Zoom. These are free to our Community Members (memberships available from just £25 for the year) and pay what you can afford to everyone else. No commitment to attend all, just turn up whenever you like.
Hosted by Amanda Saint, she starts each session by reading a flash story for inspiration then gives you a prompt to get you writing. Following writing time, the rest of the session is time to read out what you’ve written and get feedback (no obligation to do so you can just come and write and listen!). There are as many readings as we can fit in each week.
Amanda started Retreat West in 2012 and expanded to include Retreat West Books in 2017. It was named Most Innovative Publisher at the 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.
Amanda’s short fiction has been widely published online and in anthologies; 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.
Time: 11am UK time on Fridays (apart from when Amanda has some time off work!) – we’ll post here when sessions are not happening.
Cost: We want to make these sessions accessible to everyone so you can choose how much you pay to come along. The suggested amount is £5 to £10 per session but if you can only afford £1 then please do pay that.
We trust you will honour Amanda’s time and experience and pay what you can truly afford for each session you attend.