Course Outputs / Outcomes

If all optional assignments are completed, you can expect to –

(a) Finish both parts of the course having written at least 20 new flashes for a Novella-in-Flash or Novel-in-Flash (N-I-F), whether for a new N-I-F concept or strengthening an existing N-I-F (12 new flashes in ‘Part One – Routes Forward’ and at least 8 new flashes in ‘Part Two – Going Further’)

(b) Complete a one-page synopsis / outline summarising your N-I-F concept

(c) Receive detailed feedback from the course tutor Michael Loveday on 11 draft flash fictions, as the course proceeds

(d) By the course end-point, receive detailed feedback on 12 further pages of completed flash fiction/synopsis, with the option to increase this

(e) Encounter over 75 flexible writing prompts that can be applied to different story situations to help you generate new material

(f) Undertake over 15 different “brainstorming” activities to help you think in new ways about your novella-in-flash/novel-in-flash

(g) Read extracts from 5 published novellas-in-flash plus additional relevant short stories

(h) Receive details of publication opportunities for novellas-in-flash / novels-in-flash

(i) [Optional] encounter and discuss 3 ‘case study’ examples of published novellas-in-flash / novels-in-flash, in order to advance your knowledge of the form, glean new strategies and identify good techniques, including options for innovative use of form. The 3 texts chosen will be tailored to your writing project

(j) Encounter innovative, sophisticated and practical fiction-writing techniques drawn from Michael’s experiences of teaching fiction in Higher Education

(k) NEW FEATURE: lifetime access to a hidden Facebook Group for past and present course participants, featuring additional teaching content (including free, ongoing access to my “Slouch to 5k” coaching programme for writers) and useful links relating to the novella-in-flash. The Facebook group is regularly updated with fresh content on an ongoing basis.