Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Writing Course

Application deadline: ongoing

Improve your flash fiction writing skill with a tailored online Flash Fiction Writing Course. A series of lively and stimulating lessons. All aspects of writing flash fiction will be explored, from sourcing material to shaping your work. The course offers both new and experienced writers an extensive range of creative ideas and activities. By the end of this course you will have completed a polished work of flash fiction  that will be submitted for the  Fish Flash Fiction Contest.

Course tutor Mary-Jane Holmes will be on hand to offer advice on mastering technique and developing personal style.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
– Anton Chekhov

Structure: Flash Fiction Writing Course

This online course is broken down into 10 separate modules designed to develop a particular aspect of the flash fiction writing process. There is no set time limit for completing the assignments, however the course must be completed within 3 months (including the final work that will be eligible for the Fish Flash Fiction Contest).
When you have enrolled on the course, Mary-Jane will email you the introductory module.

Modules: Flash Fiction Writing Course

  1. Introduction to Flash Fiction. Structure and the Writing Process
  2. Focus on Setting
  3. Character
  4. Plot
  5. Word Choice
  6. Narrative Perspective
  7. Dialogue
  8. The Start and the Finish
  9. Four Categories of Flash Fiction
  10. Fish Flash Fiction Contest

Each module includes a series of assignments to complete. Once finished they can then be submitted by email to the tutor for private review. Your tutor will email you back (normally within 3 working days) with a detailed analysis of your work. This will include areas to focus on and additional exercises if needed before moving on to the next module. Within the time frame of the whole course you are encouraged to work at your own pace and if you have any queries, Mary-Jane is on hand to offer additional support and guidance.
Email for any additional information: [email protected]

Course Tutor: Mary-Jane Holmes

A Forward Prize nominee and Hawthornden Fellow, Mary-Jane has won the Live Canon Poetry Pamphlet Prize 2020, Bath Novella-in-Flash Prize 2020, the Bridport Poetry prize, Martin Starkie, Dromineer, Reflex Fiction and Mslexia Flash prize as well as the Bedford Poetry competition. She has also been shortlisted for the Beverley International Prize for Literature and longlisted for the UK National Poetry Prize. Mary-Jane’s debut poetry collection Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass is published by Pindrop Press. Her pamphlet Dihedral is published by Live Canon Press and her award-winning novella Don’t Tell the Bees, is published by Ad Hoc Fiction. Her Lockdown poem ‘Letter from Baldersdale’ joins 20 other poems in the National Poetry Archive on their 20th anniversary.

Her work appears in a variety of publications including Magma, Modern Poetry in Translation, Mslexia,  The Lonely CrowdProle The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Tishman Review, Barren, Spelk, Cabinet of Heed, Firewords, Flashback Fiction, Fictive Dream, and in anthologies including Best Small Fictions 2014/16/18/20  and Best Microfictions 2020.

She has an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Kellogg College, Oxford and is currently studying for a PhD in poetry and translation at Newcastle University.

Interview with Mary Jane Holmes

Enrolment Conditions

Once the Flash Fiction Writing Course has commenced, there are no transfers or refunds in the event you are unable to continue. In exceptional circumstances, a time extension may be granted if the student is unable to complete the course in the allotted time limit. You understand the course materials are copyright and agree never to sell, rent or otherwise distribute your course materials in any way. Enrolment on the Flash Fiction Writing Course is taken as acceptance of conditions.

Enrolment/Fees: Flash Fiction Writing Course

The Flash Fiction Writing Course costs £325, payable in advance to Fish Publishing through PayPal.

See here to apply.

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