Online Creative Writing Courses

Develop your novel and flash fiction writing

Retreat West provides a range of online creative writing courses to help you develop your writing. Designed and delivered by published authors, they will help you create believable characters and worlds and write stories that will keep your readers enthralled.

Retreat West courses will help you become a better and more confident writer.

Flash Weekender

Course tutors: Amanda Saint and Mary-Jane Holmes

Join us for a fun weekend of flash fiction writing focused on creating new pieces of work. You’ll get discussions, readings and prompts to help you take your flash fiction writing to the next level. Includes online forum to share work and get ongoing feedback from the tutors and course mates over the weekend. Limited to 10 places. Next start date: April 2020

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Fantastic Flashing

Course tutor: Amanda Saint

A 2-week intensive and immersive online course in which you’ll create lots of new flash fiction stories by experimenting with point of view, narrative form and voice. Work with up to 12 other writers in the forum on the collaborative courses or start anytime with the work alone option. Includes feedback on stories created from the course tutor. Next group start date: TBC

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Flash Memoir Weekender

Course tutors: Amanda Saint and Mary-Jane Holmes

Join us for two weekends in a row to create flash memoir stories. You’ll get discussions, readings and prompts to help you take your memories and turn them into compelling flash stories. Includes online forum to share work and get ongoing feedback from the tutors and course mates over the weekend. Limited to 10 places. Next start date: May 2020

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Micro Fiction Month

Course tutors: Amanda Saint and Mary-Jane Holmes

Join us for a whole month dedicated to creating micro fiction stories that resonate. You’ll receive a reading and a prompt every week day for a month to write tiny stories of 75 to 200 words. Includes an online forum to share work with course mates and detailed feedback on stories created during the month. Limited to 15 writers. Next start date: June 2020

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