Winter Workshops Now Open!

NEW FlashNano Revision Rendezvous

Friday, December 9 (9-12 am MST on Zoom *good for U.S and Europe)

Tuesday, December 13 (1-4 pm MST on Zoom *good for U.S. and Australia)

Tuition: $99

REGISTRATION OPEN

Revision is the most important part of the writing process. As serious writers, you know the muse is fickle. It’s through the editing process that we begin to refine and sculpt our messages. We also know that there comes a point when we can no longer look at our stories with fresh perspectives. You need both honest feedback and encouragement.  After all, we write for an audience.

In these LIVE Zoom sessions we will gather in the spirit of revision, brainstorming and sharing. We will examine our stories and get a sense of how they are landing with readers. Is your storysaying what you want it to say? These sessions will be limited to 10 participants. Bring your Flashnano (or other) first drafts and expect to leave with clarity, vision and enthusiasm for the second draft.

Full payment of $99 is required upon registration. This holds your spot, as workshops fill quickly. The cancellation policy requires a 2-week notice – you will receive a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. You will not receive a refund without the required 2-week notice. Please email me if you need to request an alternate payment plan.


Flash Flood: Write a Flash Novel (and Launch Your Big Idea)

January 23-Feb 3

(10 days, online asynchronous)

Tuition: $250

REGISTRATION OPEN

Do you have a Big Story Idea brewing, but you don’t know where to begin? Is it a flash novel? Novella? Collection? A regular novel or memoir or a million other things? Sometimes not knowing can stop us from getting started. Sometimes the scope of it feels overwhelming. Is 2023 the year you finally write or finish your book?

Flash Flood: Write a Flash Novel is my signature course designed to help you launch your Big Flash Novel Idea. For 10 days we will envision, draft, collage and create the momentum for that large-scale idea you’ve been wanting to tackle. We’ll begin breaking it apart and making friends with the scope of it, and in that process of discovery you will find momentum, insight, excitement, and sometimes a total pivot–that’s okay! For 10 days we’ll get out of our own way–10 days and a flurry of words and ideas and encouragement and camaraderie–and when it’s over you will have the bones (at least) of a longer project and a much better idea of where to go next.

Whether your book is fiction or creative nonfiction, if you are drawing on the skills of flash forms–from collections to novellas in flash to flash novels–then this class will help you launch your idea into the world. Many, many flash novels and other books have been conceived, executed, and written from the seeds of this class. Maybe yours?

NOTE: This class is the recommended jumping off point for the 12-Week Flash Novel Mastermind beginning Feb 13.

Full payment of $250 is required upon registration. This holds your spot, as workshops fill quickly. The cancellation policy requires a 2-week notice – you will receive a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. You will not receive a refund without the required 2-week notice. Please email me if you need to request an alternate payment plan.


Beautiful Flash Fiction: Pop Lit and Flash Fiction Fusion

February 6-10

Tuition: $175

(5 days, online asynchronous)

REGISTRATION OPEN

The world is a constant and incredible source of inspiration–IF we are paying attention. We will engage with unexplored or under explored avenues of potential inspiration including pop culture, music, trends, politics, fashion and more to discover unusual angles and back doors into new ideas. In this 5-day generative class we will actively blur the distinctions between low brow and high brow art, and elevate the mundane to the miraculous.

We will examine the fundamentals of flash fiction, try a variety of approaches to the compressed narrative, and you will generate your own original flash pieces. As always, come with an open mind and expect to play.

*This course is open to writers with all levels of experience in the form, whether you are brand new to flash fiction, a writer coming from other genres, or a veteran flasher looking for a dose of inspiration and some writing camaraderie.

Full payment of $175 is required upon registration. This holds your spot, as workshops fill quickly. The cancellation policy requires a 2-week notice – you will receive a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. You will not receive a refund without the required 2-week notice. Please email me if you need to request an alternate payment plan.


The Flash Novel Mastermind:

a 12-week incubator to get your manuscript across the finish line

February 13-May 5

Whether your book is fiction or creative non-fiction, if you are a dedicated writer, drawing on the skills of flash fiction, this is the container of inspiration, motivation, community and support you have been wanting to bring your ideas to fruition.

REQUEST INFORMATION

Do you ever:

  • Feel alone in the book-writing process, way out at sea and not sure what you’re doing anymore?
  • Feel unsure about what kind of support you and your manuscript need?
  • Feel directionless, like you are fighting or forcing your idea?
  • Feel impatient, like you just need to get to the end of a first draft so you can figure out what you’re trying to say?
  • Wish you had a cheering squad to keep you motivated and inspired?
  • Wish you had a creative personal trainer, someone to hold you accountable and celebrate your progress? 

NOW imagine going on the journey with others, in community, with expert guidance and lessons crafted especially for you and your creative process.

If this sounds like what you’ve been wishing for, then you are invited to join me on a 12-week journey through the first draft of your book with a small cohort of colleagues in a creative incubator of support, motivation, and inspiration.

This Mastermind is not an intensive–it instead honors the day-to-day of writing with the accountability that comes from being in a community that can witness and celebrate your growth. The Mastermind will be limited to a small group of serious writers in a dedicated, private online space.

Over the 12 weeks I will guide you through the inevitable ups and downs of the creative process, of harnessing your big idea and finally landing it on the page.

FIND OUT MORE

The Joy of Writing Prompts (or what I’ve learned from 11 years of FlashNano)

If you would have told me 11 years ago that FlashNano would actually become a thing I might not have believed you. That first November, in 2012, while we were worrying about the end of the Mayan calendar (and the upcoming apocalypse), I had been writing A LOT of flash fiction and I didn’t want to stop. So when a friend asked me if I was doing NaNoWriMo, I said, “maybe I’ll write a flash fiction story every day instead. In solidarity.” And she said, “If you send me a prompt every day, I’ll do it too.”

And that, my friends, was it.
Now it’s a November flash fiction tradition, and in 2021 we celebrated our 10th FlashNano with over 2,000 people and a slew of guest prompts!

What have I learned from 11 years of Flashnano?

So much!

1.  First, we all need more fun in our writing. So often we are just slogging through a project, dragging ourselves to the chair or the finish line with no consideration at all for whether we are having any fun!! Fun, as you might have guessed, is my specialty. And sometimes that’s straight up silly fun, but mostly I mean just that sense of playful wonder and joy at the process. We can get so wrapped up in the product that we forget to smile along the way.

2.  Regularity is a real thing. I say that all the time in my workshops, but I know it’s easy to say, harder to do. But the benefits of regularity far outweigh the occasional extended time, i.e. 15 mins a day is different than a marathon session on the weekends. Regularity keeps our ideas warm and simmering so that we never arrive at the page cold.  And writing a story every day for 30 days is habit forming, and if it takes 66 days for a habit to become automatic, well, you could be almost halfway there by December 1.

3. Momentum is the writerly sweet spot. And momentum, thankfully, is the natural by-product of regularity. It can be that feeling of flow when we are sitting down each day, or the in-between time when we still feel “possessed” by our ideas, thinking about them even when we are off duty in the form of signs and synchronicity.

4. Making art involves failing. But usually within the failure is the spark–the accidental smudge on the canvas becomes the happy accident around which the whole idea begins to coalesce. But often we don’t give ourselves enough room to fail–and we certainly don’t often find the gifts in the failure. We have to be okay wading through the bad to find the brilliant.  And let’s be clear: when you attempt to write 30 stories in 30 days, many of them will be bad. But some of them will be good…even magnificent.

5. Not all prompts are created equal. My preference is a prompt that has some room, some white space built in to allow for lots of interpretation. Some prompts are too prescriptive, they take up too much room in my imagination. For me the best kinds of prompts are those that open a door without telling you exactly what you will find on the other side.

6. First drafts are a beautiful thing. First Drafts are full of possibility. It’s like you managed to catch a firefly in a jar and you are marveling at the brilliance of its light. But a firefly in a jar is not the same thing as a polished Broadway light show. So remember: you aren’t done. December and beyond is my favorite part of the process: working and kneading and sculpting those first drafts into something stunning. (And yes, I’ll be offering some live revision sessions in December–stay tuned for that)

7. And finally, 30 stories in 30 days is not easy! Sometimes writers assume Flashnano is an “easier” version of NaNoWriMo. (I’m smiling.)


If that’s you, then I challenge you to JOIN US and find out for yourself!

See you on the other side!

xoxoo

Nancy

And here I am talking about FlashNano circa 2018:

Fall Workshops Opening August 1

Flash Flood: Write a Flash Novel (and Launch Your Big Idea)

August 22-Sept 2 (10 days, online asynchronous)

Early Access Registration opens August 1

Do you have a Big Story Idea brewing, but you don’t know where to begin? Is it a flash novel? Novella? Collection? A regular novel or memoir or a million other things? Sometimes not knowing can stop us from getting started. Sometimes the scope of it feels overwhelming. 

Flash Flood: Write a Flash Novel is my signature course designed to help you launch your Big Idea. For 10 days we will envision, draft, collage and create the momentum for that large-scale idea you’ve been wanting to tackle. We’ll begin breaking it apart and making friends with the scope of it, and in that process of discovery you will find momentum, insight, excitement, and sometimes a total pivot–that’s okay! For 10 days we’ll get out of our own way–10 days and a flurry of words and ideas and encouragement and camaraderie–and when it’s over you will have the bones (at least) of a longer project and a much better idea of where to go next.

Whether your book is fiction or creative nonfiction, if you are drawing on the skills of flash forms–from collections to novellas in flash to flash novels–then this class will help you launch your idea into the world. Many, many flash novels and other books have been conceived, executed, and written from the seeds of this class. Maybe yours?

*Participants should have a basic understanding of flash fiction. Come with your big story idea and be prepared to shake up what you thought you knew. (This course may be taken multiple times. It is also the prerequisite/jumping off point for the Flash Novel Mastermind, a private, guided, 12-week community incubator to write yourself to the finish line of the first draft–see description below)

Full payment of $250 is required upon registration. This holds your spot, as workshops fill quickly.


Beautiful Flash Fiction II: Pop Lit and Flash Fusion (NEW)

September 5-9, 2022 (5 days, online asynchronous)

Early Access Registration opens August 1

The world is a constant and incredible source of inspiration–IF we are paying attention. In this brand new workshop we will engage with unexplored or under explored avenues of potential inspiration including pop culture, science, math, music, trends, politics, fashion and more to discover unusual angles and back doors into new ideas. We will continue previous conversations on what makes something beautiful, actively blur the distinctions between low brow and high brow art, and elevate the mundane to the miraculous. As always, come with an open mind and expect to play.

Taking a deeper dive into the concepts from Going Short, we will try a variety of approaches to the compressed narrative and you will generate your own original flash pieces. 

*This course is open to writers with all levels of experience in the form, whether you are brand new to flash fiction, a writer coming from other genres, or a veteran flasher looking for a dose of inspiration and some writing camaraderie.

You do NOT need to have taken Beautiful Flash Fiction I to participate.

Full payment of $175 is required upon registration. This holds your spot, as workshops fill quickly.


Flash Novel Mastermind: A 12-Week Guided Community Incubator

September 12-December 2

To embark on the journey of a book is to lose sight of the shore, to surrender to the story and the muse. Now imagine boarding that ship out to sea with like-minded others, colleagues on their own creative adventures but together, in community, with expert guidance and encouragement.

The Flash Novel Mastermind is a private, guided, 12-week community incubator for flash novelists and flash novels in process…a space of content, coaching, and camaraderie where we build on the momentum from Flash Flood while also finding a rhythm that will sustain us over the long haul of actually writing a book to completion.  

Whether your book is fiction or creative nonfiction, if you are drawing on the skills of flash forms–from collections to novellas in flash to flash novels–then this is the community and support you need to write yourself to the finish line of the all-important first draft–that solid and complete lump of clay that lets you discover, finally, what this story has been trying to say.

*The Flash Novel Mastermind is only open to those who have already taken Flash Flood

Waiting list opens August 1. Registration and full details available August 25

Are you creatively burned out? 5 (free) days to get your creativity back on track!

Is this you?

Creative Burnout is real, my friend. And unlike regular burnout, we can’t just “push through” and suck it up. Creative work draws from a different well, and when that’s dry…well, no wonder you’re having a hard time writing.

If you’ve worked with me, you know I’m as passionate about supporting the creative process as I am the finished product: whether that’s the day-to-day of writing, the specifics of finishing a book, or the daily challenge of being a visionary person in a hustle world. And yes: I want to help writers become better at their craft…but I also know we can’t plant seeds in depleted soil.

How do you know if you might be creativity burned out? Here are some possible clues:

Possible Signs of (or Contributors to) Creative Burnout
(no judgment but be honest!)

  • You’ve just finished a big creative project (a book, manuscript, etc.)
  • You find yourself down “research rabbit holes” during writing time
  • You’ve just finished a big life project (a move, remodeling, etc)
  • You’re having a hard time finding something to read that excites you
  • You’ve signed up for a workshop you didn’t finish or didn’t even start (my hand raised on this one!)
  • You’ve recently had a big life change (new baby, illness in the family, etc.)
  • Your old writing habits aren’t working anymore
  • You need more sugar/caffeine than usual to write
  • Everything you’re writing feels/sounds like everything else you’ve written–you feel stuck in a creative loop
  • You’ve had increased feelings of creative jealousy (everyone else is doing it better)
  • OR You’ve had an increased desire to isolate (I’m leaving social media, etc.)
  • You’ve stopped doing things you know are good for you (i.e. journaling, walking) and you can’t seem to get back in the rhythm.
  • You find yourself tired when it’s time to write
  • You’ve been feeling more defensive than usual about your work (not taking rejections/feedback well)
  • You can’t remember the last time you took yourself on an artist date
  • You forget to eat OR eat mindlessly throughout the day
  • You’ve had trouble sleeping–either falling asleep or waking up often
  • You are easily distracted from your creative work
  • You need external motivation or the writing doesn’t happen
  • You don’t have many other creative people in your (real) life who “get” you
  • All your writing has started to sound the same–no sparkle/new ideas.
  • You don’t have the time or mental space to go “deep”–you stay on the surface of your ideas
  • You don’t have a regular writing routine OR your regular writing routine is no longer working
  • You feel estranged from your work

Spoiler alert: The hustle is killing your creativity


(Now if this list does not speak to you–fantastic! Keep kicking butt, my friend!)

BUT…if any of these sound familiar, and you want to reverse or even avoid some of the pitfalls that might land you in Burnout Land–then I’m inviting you to join me for a brand new FREE 5-Day Reversing Creative Burnout Challenge:

From Burnout to Breakthrough: 5 Days to Get (or Keep) Your Creativity on Track: April 4-8, 2022

Five days of small but powerful action steps to overcome creative burnout PLUS a 90-minute live virtual retreat with me to end the week.

How it works:

Once you register, I’ll send you one email each day (beginning Monday, April 4th) examining each of the 5 areas of creative burnout: how it happens, how to avoid it, as well as small, actionable steps you can take today to move the needle even 10%.

Then we will gather for a 90-minute live virtual retreat on Friday, April 8 at 11 am MST. Bring your notebook and your beverage of choice and give yourself the gift of a mini-deep dive with other creatives.

This 5-Day Reversing Creative Burnout Challenge is FREE–including the mini virtual retreat–but you must register. Replays will be available for a limited time for those who sign up.

REGISTER HERE and I’ll see you next week!

xoxo

Nancy

P.S. Don’t forget to register!