What’s the basic format of the course?
The course runs as a series of 12 one-to-one tutorials, 10 by email and 2 by Skype / Zoom / telephone call (these can be swapped for email exchanges instead if preferred), plus a bonus tutorial of further manuscript feedback at the end of the course. Each of the 12 Modules consists of writing and brainstorming assignments, plus occasional reading assignments (such as published examples of flash fictions and novellas-in-flash). At the end of each Module you email the tutor your response for feedback.
It’s designed to allow for a flexible approach – think of it as the chemistry lab in which you incubate, feed and develop the beautiful, mad little organism that is your novella-in-flash.
Who is it aimed at?
Because of an adaptable, one-to-one course structure, this course is designed to be suitable both for writers who want to begin a brand new Novella-in-Flash (and genuinely have no idea what subject matter to write about!) AND for writers who want to fine-tune / develop an existing draft Novella-in-Flash (you can choose how much emphasis is put into problem-solving, enhancing and supplementing existing material rather than on getting a brand new idea up and running). It also allows for people to work on longer projects i.e. “novel-in-flash” rather than a novella.
It’s aimed at people with some prior experience of writing stories in some form (this could be flash fiction, novels, short stories, plays / screenplays, or narrative poems etc), whether published or unpublished.
How long does it take and how do I learn?
It can be completed over a flexible time period – as little as 12 weeks, or as long as a year. It’s expected that each module involves 3-6 hours of your time in writing, reading and thinking (including optional tasks).
The incubation process for a novella-in-flash often requires care and patience – drafts can feel exploratory, experimental or tentative, and a manuscript can at first seem more like a caterpillar than a butterfly. This course has therefore been designed as an in-depth, one-to-one dialogue and process of development, rather than a communal course for a group of writers (with the necessary deadlines that go with that style of teaching). In other words, you can proceed at your own pace, and you won’t be forced through the excruciating pain of sharing very hesitant drafts in public – except with the course tutor!
For the optional ‘case study’ element, certain books or pamphlets will be required reading while undertaking this course. The cost of purchasing these texts is not included in the course fee. The number of ‘case study’ books / pamphlets you study as part of the course is negotiable.
A further book, My Very End of the Universe (Rose Metal Press, 2011) is recommended reading, but not part of the course. This book is a seminal anthology of 5 Novellas-in-Flash. It contains an excellent introductory essay plus one craft essay by each of the 5 authors. Available here: Link
Who teaches the course?
The course is taught by writer and tutor Michael Loveday. More information about Michael can be found here.
When is the course available?
The course is now open to participants. It will be available year-round and can be started at any time. Please send an enquiry and feel free to ask me questions if you’d like more information: Enquiries