It’s official! Going Short audiobook coming March 15! (listen now)

We’ve got a release date! And don’t worry–the Ides of March don’t worry me at all! Hahahaha.

Thanks to everyone who planted this audiobook seed in my head: You were right! My reflections on the process coming soon….so much to say! xo

For now: Listen to some of the samples and get ready to hear me read to you for hours! You are the best.

xoxo Nancy

“Embracing Constraints” from Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction by Nancy Stohlman

Read by the author

“Grown Adult Living in the Basement” from Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction by Nancy Stohlman

Read by the author

Summer 2022 Retreats: Colorado and Spain!

Do you dream of uninterrupted days to write in beautiful locations?

Do you long to meet, be mentored by, and network with other writers?

Give YOURSELF a writing gift this year.

Join us in 2022!

Andalucía, Spain: June 7-13, 2022

Grand Lake, Colorado: August 9-14, 2022

All summer retreats opening January 2022!

Sign up here for early registration access!

LAST CHANCE! Flash Novel workshops for 2022

Ready to write this winter?

Flash Flood: Write a Flash Novel

January 17-28, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

February 21-March 4, 2022

$249 Registration Fee


Do you have a large, book-length idea that you’ve been wanting to bring to fruition? Do you want to start 2022 with your flash novel in progress? Do you love the intensity of FlashNano or NaNoWrimo? Then get ready: In 10 days we will create a literal “flash flood” and you will leave the workshop with the bones (at least) of a flash novel.

What’s a flash novel? With the scope and complexity of a novel, and the size and ingenuity of flash fiction, the flash novel is a new type of book, a breakout genre that can deliver a sophisticated reading experience in a compact space. In this online workshop will envision, draft, collage and create the momentum for that large-scale idea you have been wanting to tackle.

Participants should come with a basic understanding of flash fiction and have ideas for a book-length project.

NOTE: This class (taken either now or previously) is the jumping off point for the Flash Novel Mastermind, running again this spring. 


Going Short: Writing Beautiful Flash Fiction 

January 10-14, 2022 SOLD OUT

February 14-18, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

This 5-day generative class will take a deeper dive into the concepts from Going Short to examine the fundamentals of flash, try a variety of approaches to the compressed narrative, discuss what makes successful flash, and 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.

Questions? Feel free to contact me at

FlashNano 2021: Day 30

For our last prompt of 2021, a flashback to a prompt from 2012:

Day 30: Write a story where the impossible is now possible.

(Thanks to everyone for all the wonderful guest prompts!) 



All 2021 prompts here:

Not already on the FlashNano list? Join us here:

Winter Workshops opening December 1!