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

Workshops Now Open (almost full)

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

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

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)

**This class is asynchronous, meaning I am actively participating but the daily lessons are not “live” at a set time though I am engaged and active for the duration of our time together. We have many people from different time zones, so it’s a “rolling” class with people working from their time zone in the hours that suit them best. Most people spend an average of 1-2 hours per day (can be more or less). You have unlimited access to the community forum for the duration of the class.

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.

REGISTER NOW


Beautiful Flash Fiction II: Pop Lit and Flash Fusion (WORKSHOP FULL)

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

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.**This class is asynchronous, meaning I am actively participating but the daily lessons are not “live” at a set time though I am engaged and active for the duration of our time together. We have many people from different time zones, so it’s a “rolling” class with people working from their time zone in the hours that suit them best. Most people spend an average of 1-2 hours per day (can be more or less). You have unlimited access to the community forum for the duration of the class.

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.


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 taken Flash Flood. Registration and full details available August 25

GET ON WAITING LIST

I can’t wait to work with you!

xo

Nancy

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

Great Flash Fiction Festival Throwdown February 26th

Friends!

For a number of (good) reasons, I will not be teaching any online workshops until the late summer/early fall (more on that soon). So I wanted to make doubly sure you knew about this wonderful opportunity to work with not only me but an entire program of flash fiction greatness THIS SATURDAY via Zoom.

I will be ending out the program and teaching one of my favorite types of writing: The Strange, the Surreal, and the Absurd

Details and links to register are below. Note that all the times are London/UK time!~

more soon! xo Nancy


Online programme February 26

On the programme below, all the information to let you know what’s happening each month – 11.00 am – 6.30 pm GMT

You can book here.£30 for the whole day

  • A ‘Throw Down’ writing challenge set and judged by different judges.
  • one or one and a half hour workshops on different aspects of flash fiction;
  • at least two half hour mini workshops or talks on different aspects of flash fiction;
  • three fifteen minute readers’ slots;
  • yoga stretches for writers;
  • small break out groups to chat to writer friends from around the world.

Read more about the workshops on these two days here.

Note: If you can’t attend the whole day, events are recorded and videos are sent to participants after the day is completed.

Session and Workshop Descriptions

Nancy Stohlman

The Strange and Surreal: Opening the Back Door into Our Big Truths with Nancy Stohlman, February 26th 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm

While realism in fiction has its place, some truths can be clumsy when faced head on. When you cannot take the front door into your material because it’s too raw, painful, blunt or overdone—then you must find the back door, a less obvious way into the story where The Big Truth can be revealed. The strange and surreal can create faster pathways to emotional resonance by keeping the audience off guard, unprepared, and more receptive. Come prepared to get weird!

Nancy Stohlman has been writing, publishing, and teaching flash fiction for more than a decade, and her latest book, Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2020) is her treatise on the form. Her other books include The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories, The Monster Opera, and Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities, a finalist for a 2019 Colorado Book Award. Her work has been anthologized widely, appearing in the W.W. Norton New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, Macmillan’s The Practice of Fiction, and The Best Small Fictions 2019, as well as adapted for the stage. She teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder and around the world.

Hermit Crab Hangouts, February and March half hours

‘Hermit crab’stories take different forms of writing, anything from recipes to flat pack instructions, to parking tickets to wild-life guide books, Q & A’s. It’s endless.She will introduce a different hermit-crab form each month with examples and get you to try out hermit-crab flash during the session.

Jude Higgins

Jude Higgins devised and programmed this and the previous online Flash Festival six month seroes as Director of Flash Fiction Festivals UK. She founded Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2015 and is Director of Ad Hoc Fiction, the short short fiction press. She runs a popular weekly online class to write and get feedback on flash fiction and this summer ran her first series of Hermitcrab Hangouts online. She has stories published or forthcoming in the New Flash Fiction Review, Flash Frontier, FlashBack Fiction, The Blue Fifth Review, The Nottingham Review, Pidgeon Holes, Storgy, Inktears,The MoonPark Review, Fictive Dream, the Fish Prize Anthology, National Flash Fiction Day anthologies and Flash: The International Short Short Story Magazine among other places. She has won or been placed in many flash fiction contests and was shortlisted in the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize in 2017 and 2018. Her debut flash fiction pamphlet The Chemist’s House was published by V.Press in 2017. She has been nominated for Best Small Fictions 2020 and for Pushcart Prizes and will be included in Best Microfictions 2022 has had stories included in BIFFY50 in 2019 and 2020.

Susmita Bhattacharya

Hour long Workshop For Young People wih Susmita Bhattacharya

A workshops happening in parallel with the events for adults with a special prize.

Susmita Bhattacharya is an Indian-born British writer. Her novel, The Normal State of Mind, was published in 2015 by Parthian (UK) and Bee Books (India) in 2016 and was long listed for the Words to Screen Prize, Mumbai Association of Moving Images (MAMI) Film Festival in 2018. Her collection of short stories, Table Manners, was published by Dahlia Publishing in 2018 and won The Dorset Award in 2019.She teaches contemporary fiction at Winchester University and also facilitates the Mayflower Young Writers workshops, a SO:Write project based in Southampton. She lives in Winchester.


Farhana Shaikh

Small Good Things. The joy of small press publishing: half an hour talk with Farhana Shaikh on February 26th.

In this 30 half-hour talk, founder of Dahlia Books, Farhana Shaikh will discuss independent publishing, building writing communities and what she’s learnt about her own writing from her publishing adventures.

Farhana Shaikh is a writer and publisher born in Leicester. She is the founding editor of The Asian Writer. In 2010 she established Dahlia Publishing to publish regional and diverse writing and the Leicester Writes Festival to celebrate local writing talent.
She was part of Curve Theatre’s Cultural Leadership Programme 17/18. In 2017 she won the Penguin/Travelex Next Great Travel Writer competition and has since been longlisted for the Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition and Spread the Word Life Writing Prize. Her short play Risk was developed through the Kali Discovery programme. She is the author of From Imposter to Impact: Arts Leadership in the 21st Century.

Meg Pokrass

Writing Collaborative Fiction a half hour talk with Meg Pokrass and Jeff Friedmann, February 26th

Have you ever thought about writing stories with another writer? Meg and Jeff have a collection coming out with Pelekensis Press in March 2022 and will tell you about the process of writing together.
Meg Pokrass, is the author of seven flash fiction collections, two novellas-in-flash, and an award-winning book of prose poetry. A recipient of San Francisco’s Blue Light Book Award, her work has been internationally anthologized in two recent Norton Anthologies, Best Small Fictions 2018, 2019, Wigleaf Top 50 (multiple times) and has been published in over 500 literary magazines including Electric Literature, Craft, Tin House, Passages North, Wigleaf and McSweeney’s. Meg serves as Flash Challenge Judge for Mslexia, Co-Editor of Best Microfiction, 2020, Co-Founder Flash Fiction Collective Reading Series (SF), & Founding/Managing Editor of New Flash Fiction Review and a festival curator for Flash Fiction Festivals, UK.


Jeff Friedmann’s eighth book, The Marksman, was published in November 2020 by Carnegie Mellon University Press. He has received numerous awards and prizes for his poetry, mini tales, and translations, including a National Endowment Literature Translation Fellowship in 2016 and two individual Artist Grants from New Hampshire Arts Council. Two of his micro stories were recently selected for the The Best Microfiction 2021. Meg Pokrass and he have co-written a collection of fabulist microfiction that will be published by Pelekinesis Press in March 2022.

Fifteen minutes of Yoga stretches for writers with writer and yoga teacher Sudha Balagopal. Both February and March.

Sudha Balagopal

Each of the five months, Sudha will introduce stretches to rejuvenate and refresh writers sitting in front of a computer screen on our long festival days. Something really useful to take and practice at home as well as writing prompts and ideas.

Sudha Balagopal’s fiction straddles continents and cultures, blending thoughts and ideas from the east and the west. She is the author of a novel, A Dawn, and two short story collections, There are Seven Notes and Missing and Other Stories.Her short fiction has been published in journals around the world, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions. Her novella in flash, Things I Can’t Tell Amma was highly commended in the 2021 Bath Flash Fiction Award and published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2021. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching yoga.

College, runs the yearly Culturama Workshops in the Arts month and lives in the Inland Empire.

One Sentence Stories with Matt Kendrick

Matt Kendrick

There are many flash fiction pieces written in the form of a single, looping sentence, rippling through their narrative without a solitary full stop. These one-sentence stories are often described as breathless. They can feel effortless, as if they have arrived on the page by magic; but there is often a clever architecture holding everything in place. In this mini workshop, we’ll look at some brilliant examples, considering the why, the where, the what and the how of this wonderful – but also wonderfully tricksy – narrative form.

Matt Kendrick is a writer, editor and creative writing teacher based in the East Midlands, UK. His short fiction has appeared in Bending Genres, Cheap Pop, Craft Literary, FlashBack Fiction, Fictive Dream, Lunate, Spelk, Splonk, Storgy, and elsewhere. He has been listed in various writing competitions including Bath, Flash 500, Reflex and Leicester Writes, and he won the Retreat West “Abandoned” flash fiction competition in June 2020. His stories have been featured in the Biffy 50 list for 2019-20 and Best Microfiction 2021. He has also been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize.

There are many flash fiction pieces written in the form of a single, looping sentence, rippling through their narrative without a solitary full stop. These one-sentence stories are often described as breathless. They can feel effortless, as if they have arrived on the page by magic; but there is often a clever architecture holding everything in place. In this mini workshop, we’ll look at some brilliant examples, considering the why, the where, the what and the how of this wonderful – but also wonderfully tricksy – narrative form.

Matt Kendrick is a writer, editor and creative writing teacher based in the East Midlands, UK. His short fiction has appeared in Bending Genres, Cheap Pop, Craft Literary, FlashBack Fiction, Fictive Dream, Lunate, Spelk, Splonk, Storgy, and elsewhere. He has been listed in various writing competitions including Bath, Flash 500, Reflex and Leicester Writes, and he won the Retreat West “Abandoned” flash fiction competition in June 2020. His stories have been featured in the Biffy 50 list for 2019-20 and Best Microfiction 2021. He has also been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize.