The Writers' hq GUIDE TO FLASH FICTION

HOW TO CONJURE TEENY, FLASHY STORIES OUT OF THIN AIR

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Exclusively available to members of Writers' HQ

Learn a HUGE range of flash fiction techniques and approaches in this comprehensive course

Get writing with story prompts, exercises, inspiration and a tonne of flashy examples

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Are you ready to create some teeny tiny stories full of impact and truth and humanity? YES YOU ARE! Come flash with us…

The Writers’ HQ Guide to Flash Fiction course contains a holy hand grenade of tips, tricks and techniques on crafting your own glorious little story nuggets, breaking all the rules (jk there aren’t any), editing your work, and even getting your writing published.

Join award-winning flash experts Kathy Hoyle and Jo Gatford as they take you through the fundamentals of flash fiction and teach you how to take the seed of a story idea and turn it into something spectacular. 

This frankly enormous course will show you how to harness story inspiration from quite literally anywhere; how to develop those ideas into tangible plot fodder; how to experiment with structure, characterisation and style; how to edit, develop and polish your work; and what to do when you’re ready to send your writing out into the big wide world… 

Backed up every step of the way with the most enthusiastically supportive flash fiction community around, you’ll have everything you need to expand your flash fiction repertoire and write a whole HEAP of stories!

LESSONS IN
THIS COURSE

WEEK 1: WHERE THE HECK DO I START?
What is flash fiction? Yes, okay, but what IS flash fiction? THIS is flash fiction…

WEEK 2: BEGINNINGS
Snippets of inspiration, a gazillion story prompts, and how to develop an idea.

WEEK 3: MIDDLES
Building structure, developing character and finding your rhythm.

WEEK 4: ENDINGS
The plot twist, powerful endings, and finally, the title.

WEEK 5: EDITING
Death by a thousand cuts, difficult questions, and a final polish.

WEEK 6: GOING OFF PISTE
Break the rules, learn from all the best rulebreakers, and do some experimenting… 

WEEK 7: WHAT’S NEXT?
Sending your work out into the world with our submissions checklist and guide to acceptance/rejection.

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