Summer School 2021

An invitation to write: flash fiction


Máire Fisher, writer

Micro fiction, the short-short, postcard fiction – flash fiction goes by many other names. All seek to create ‘a story that goes straight to the heart without a single wasted word’.

On each day of this intensive course, participants will receive a writing exercise and notes on writing short-short fiction. On the final day there will be instructions for a story of specified length to be completed over the weekend. Participants may share their daily exercises on the same day as they receive them and their final stories at the end of the weekend.  Flash fiction, a story form in its own right, is excellent for writers on many levels. It introduces the challenge of writing short fiction, provides great editing practice, helps writers practise the art of precision. The course has been designed to accommodate both new and established writers.  


Participants will receive links to audio and other material on the Microsoft Teams platform, and will have regular email contact with the lecturer and others on the course. 


Recommended websites

Vestal Review (the longest-running flash fiction magazine in the world) 

SmokeLong Quarterly

Literary Orphans


Date: 25–29 January      
COURSE FEES: Full R1 376 Staff & Students R917
MAXIMUM: 20 participants