Write Beyond the Lightbulb - Glorious Words
How do we choose the right words to sharpen up our prose? How do we make our writing unique without it becoming obscure? Is the road to hell really paved with adverbs? This flash fiction course explores language in all its guts and glory, focussing on unique images, concision versus specificity and how to create original tone.
Upcoming Course Dates
7th-20th October 2024 (BOOKING WILL OPEN IN JULY 2024)
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Previous Course Dates
15th - 28th November 2021 (SOLD OUT); 7th - 20th February 2022 (SOLD OUT); 28th February - 13th March 2022 (SOLD OUT); 9th - 22nd May 2022 (SOLD OUT); 8th - 21st August 2022 (SOLD OUT); 14th - 27th November 2022 (SOLD OUT); 13th - 26th February 2023 (SOLD OUT); 5th - 18th February 2024 (SOLD OUT)
This is a pay-what-you-can workshop. The recommended price is £95*. Where this is prohibitive, please pay what you feel you can afford**. As a workshop facilitator, I am committed to opening up writing opportunities to people from all backgrounds based on ability to write rather than ability to pay.
*For the sake of transparency, this recommended price is calculated to cover (a) 3.5 hours of course tutor input (per participant) in terms of feedback, discussion and admin; (b) the research / writing time of the course tutor in putting together the course notes (approximately 15,000 words, available to download following the course); and (c) miscellaneous fees (transaction charges, website charges etc.)
**Available price options: (A) £95, (B) £85, (C) £75, (D) £60, (E) £50. If you are a low-income writer and would be interested in hearing about free places, please enter your details here.
"For me, creative writing is like a relationship. All exciting and sparky at the start but so easy to fall into a rut. We were on the verge of divorce and then along came Matt's latest workshop, which has revitalised everything. #WriteBeyondTheLightbulb: date night for your words!"
Michelle Christophorou, Author of "Kipris"
“Matt knows his stuff and he knows how to teach. His materials are extensive and thought-provoking and interwoven with insights from his background in music and linguistics. Like the best teachers, his feedback gets you asking the right questions about your work to make it the best it could possibly be.”
"This course is fabulous. I've had a fab two weeks reading the most incredible pieces and crafting new baby flashes from Matt's brilliant prompts and exercises. Feedback is superb. I thoroughly recommend it!."
1: Specificity (precise, incisive word choice)
2: Imagery (similes and metaphors)
3: Tone (register and voice)
4: Miscellany (weasels and highlights)
The course is presented through a mixture of reading and visual material with preparatory exercises leading towards a final flash fiction challenge for each topic. We'll delve into some fantastic examples of flash at a word / sentence level and we'll also take some brief detours away from the literary world to see what we can learn from art, photography and the history of language.
The reading list for this course includes pieces by Rich Youmans, Jo Gatford, Star Su, Tania Hershman, K.B. Carle, Catherine Deery, Jennifer Wortman, Ros Collins, and Alex Reece Abbott.
Each topic is designed to be worked through in roughly three hours. The course is fully asynchronous (work-at-your-own-pace) and fully online to allow course participants to fit it in around their other commitments.
In the first week, the focus is fully on reading, writing and learning.
In the second week, you'll have access to a workshop space to share your final challenge pieces and feedback on those created by other course participants.
To allow writers of all speeds to gain the most out of the course materials, participants will have access to the course website one week before the course start date and will be sent full course notes following the end of the course.
During the course, you'll have access to a forum where you can connect with other participants, discuss readings and share the micros you'll be creating in each topics' preparatory exercises.
In the second week, course participants will be invited to take part in a workshop where you can upload between one and four flash fiction pieces created as part of the course. This is an opportunity to give and receive feedback from other course participants in a low-pressure, friendly environment.
Micros shared on the course forum will get brief feedbcak from the course tutor. You'll also get detailed feedback (a 300-400 word structural summary plus in-line comments) on one piece of flash fiction created from the final challenge prompts.
Matt Kendrick is a writer, editor and teacher based in the East Midlands, UK. His short fiction has appeared in Bending Genres, Cheap Pop, Craft Literary, FlashBack Fiction, Fictive Dream, Lunate, New Flash Fiction Review, Spelk, Splonk, and elsewhere. He has been placed or listed in various writing competitions including Bath, Flash 500, the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize, Reflex and Leicester Writes. His work has been included on the Biffy 50 list for 2019-20, in Best Microfiction 2021, Best Small Fictions 2022 and the Wigleaf Top 50 list for 2022.
He works as a freelance editor and creative writing tutor, drawing on his knowledge of languages and other art forms to inform his workshops on lyrical writing, glorious words, colourful characters and writing flow.
The course is designed for writers of all levels but, to get the most out of the materials, it is suggested that you should have some prior familiarity with reading and writing flash fiction. While the course is geared towards the study and generation of flash, the techniques and skills acquired should also be useful for writing longer form and non-fiction pieces.
The course is hosted on a Google website using Google Classroom and Google drive to enable the forum and workshop elements. To access materials, participants will need to have a Google account. If you don't already have one, you will be sent information on how you can set one up following sign up for the course.
The terms and conditions for the course can be found here.
Stories written on the Write Beyond The Lightbulb courses
The prompts on the Write Beyond the Lightbulb courses aim to get participants practising technique and experimenting with new ideas rather than writing perfect stories, but even so many wonderful pieces have been crafted by course participants and subsequently made their way out into the world.
The stories have been placed in major writing competitions including Reflex Fiction and Bath Flash Fiction, and have also been published in a wide variety of literary journals. A selection of these stories can be read at the link below: