Masterclass: Flash Fiction

A Spoonful Weighs a Ton

Tuesday September 27th 2022, 19:00 BST


Do you want to improve the impact of your short-short fiction? Produce stories of less than 500 hundred words that kick like a novel? In this master class with award-winning flash writer David Gaffney you will learn how to reduce ideas to an ultra-short format, how to condense, yet keep your story effective, powerful and easy to understand, how to manage character, description, point of view, place, and dialogue in the ultra-short story, and how to reduce a thousand words to 150 without losing a thing. You will explore ways to intrigue and captivate your reader with a single first sentence, develop techniques to make sure your middles don’t sag, and examine ways to make your last lines ring like a bell. Full of practical, inspiring exercises, this session will leave you wondering why anything has to be longer than a side of A4.

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (19:00 – 21:00) including time for you to write. It will be recorded and available to view for up to a month after the event.

As part of our wider effort to increase participation in the arts, half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price. 

Cost: £35 (concession: £17.50)


"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."

—Masterclass participant

"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."

—Masterclass participant

"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."

—Masterclass participant



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