Course Structure

Estimated time per module – 3 to 6 hours of writing, reading and thinking (including optional tasks)

Module 1 – incl. 1st 45-minute Skype / Zoom / Telephone tutorial – Idea Generation / Idea Discussion

Module 2 – Significant Encounters; Significant Events; Optional – Novella-in-Flash Case Study 1 (choice based on your previous reading, if any, of novellas-in-flash)

Module 3 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 1): Characters & Relationships

Module 4 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 2): Setting & Description – Landscape and Language; Defamiliarised Descriptions

Module 5 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 2 contd.): Setting & Description – Significant Objects; Liminal Territories; Setting as ‘Subject’, ‘Catalyst’ or ‘Texture’

Module 6 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 3): Strategies for Enriching and Contrasting Characters

Module 7 – 2nd Skype / Zoom / telephone feedback tutorial (5 pages of completed flash fiction) and Problem-Solving Surgery; Optional – Novella-in-Flash Case Study 2 (choice tailored to your project)

Module 8 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 4): Turning Points; Primal Action

Module 9 – Thickening Your Story Soup (stage 5): Connective Tissue; Strange/Innovative Forms

Module 10 – Problem-Solving Surgery

Module 11 – Ways to Delve More Deeply into Character

Module 12 – Narrative Arcs; Writing a Synopsis;
Optional – Novella-in-Flash Case Study 3 (choice tailored to your project)

Module 13 – Finding an Ending; Problem-Solving Surgery; Reflections on the Course

Module 14 – 45-minute Skype / Zoom / telephone tutorial: feedback on 15 pages of completed flash fiction + synopsis; Identifying Next Steps

(Option for detailed written feedback on a longer final manuscript – £4 per extra page up to first 25 extra pages. £3 per extra page thereafter. )

Information about Course Outputs and Course Outcomes can be found here.

A more detailed course outline is available here.