Write Beyond the Lightbulb:
Lyrical Writing

How do we craft writing that is so infused with musicality it deserves to be read out loud? This flash fiction course explores various tricks and techniques which can be used to lend a lyrical quality to your writing.

Dates: 6th - 19th June 2022

Price: Pay What You Can (Recommended £75)


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Write Beyond the Lightbulb:
Glorious Words

How do we choose the right words to sharpen up our prose? 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.

Dates: 9th - 22nd May 2022

Price: Pay What You Can (Recommended £75)


One Sentence Stories

There are many flash fiction pieces written in the form of a single, looping sentence, rippling through their narrative without a solitary full stop. In this mini workshop, we’ll look at some examples, considering the why, the where, the what and the how of this wonderful – but also wonderfully tricksy – narrative form.

Dates: 26th February 2022

Time: 2.30 - 3.00

As part of the Great Festival Throw Down


Beautiful Worlds

Constrained by the need for concision, how do we paint a clear picture in a reader’s mind without using up too much of our precious word count? Some writers have a knack for the evocative and, in this workshop, we’ll be focusing on one brilliant example of place-writing, exploring the way it builds a beautiful world.

Dates: 5th March 2022

Time: 3.15 - 4.15

As part of the Retreat West Online Flash Fest


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A Sing in the Tail

While so much flash fiction moves towards a gut-punch ending, it feels like there are far fewer pieces that do the opposite and leave the reader on a note of hope. How do we create hope-filled stories with impact and power? In this workshop, we'll look at strategies for adding a 'sing' rather than a 'sting' to the tail of your stories.

Dates: TBA

Time: TBA

Further details coming soon


Writing Competitions

Entering writing competitions can be a great way of challenging yourself and there are lots of them out there to choose from. I've compiled a list of over two hundred flash fiction, short story, essay, poetry and novel writing opportunities.


The Importance of Feedback

A blog post about the importance of feedback, how to go about finding Beta readers / critique partners, asking for feedback so it works for you, giving effective critique and using feedback to its best advantage.