Creative writing and publishing

Flash fiction writing – stories up to 1000 words with Ruth Brandt

Ref: SWE09237

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About this course

Learn how to write stories set in vivid worlds with memorable situations. Develop ideas then pare down words to produce concise, impactful stories.

Course Description

On this course you will gain a better understanding of how to write a compelling piece of flash fiction and complete stories of fewer than 1,000 words. This includes creating a vivid story world; using sensory detail, metaphor and imagery; exploring character movement; and editing a piece where the feel as well as meaning of every word matters. Through written exercises you will explore each of these areas and discover how they can be used to write a story which is short on words but long on depth.

You will be given advice about the process of submitting work to competitions and for publication.

Working in a supportive, encouraging environment you will give and receive feedback on each others' work and receive regular feedback and guidance from the tutor. The focus will be on making your flash fiction story as impactful as it can be. There will be plenty of time for independent writing in and around the inspirational College and Gardens.

In the introductory first evening we will discuss what flash fiction is. At this session you will be given an exercise to get started with flash fiction writing.

By the end of the weekend you will have developed an understanding of the nature of flash fiction and written and edited several pieces. You will leave with increased writing skills, several completed flash fiction stories and the confidence to write more.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • If you use a laptop, you're welcome to bring this

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pen/pencil
  • Notebook


Ruth Brandt

Ruth Brandt's short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, including Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, Bristol Short Story Prize and Litro, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She has an MFA (Distinction) Creative Writing, Kingston University, won the MFA Creative Writing Prize 2017 and tutors for Surrey Adult Learning.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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