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Award-winning writer Gaynor Jones will guide you through her writing process, from the spark of a strange idea, to building up layers to create a compelling and unique piece of fiction.
In 2019 her flash fiction collection, Business As Usual, received a special mention in the Saboteur Awards for Best Short Story Collection. Her work has been widely published, and she has won or been placed in several competitions, including winning first prize in the 12th round of the prestigious Bath Flash Fiction Award. She lives in Greater Manchester with her husband, dog, small child and a headful of weird ideas.
Join award-winning writer and publisher, Amanda Saint, to discover how to use flash fiction techniques to create first draft chapters of your novels.
Amanda started Retreat West in 2012 and expanded to include the award-winning publishing arm in 2017. She has been designing and teaching online courses, and live workshops, for many years and has worked as an editor on hundreds of manuscripts. Her debut novel, As If I Were A River, was a NetGalley Top 10 Book of the Month and a Book Magnet Blog Top 20 Book of 2016. Her second novel, Remember Tomorrow, published in March 2019 to critical acclaim.
Amanda’s stories have been widely published; longlisted in the Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition, Fish Flash Fiction Prize, and Ink Tears Short Story Prize; shortlisted for the Flash 500 several times; and won the Editor’s Choice Prize at 101 Words. She has just completed a novella-in-flash and is working on a flash fiction collection.
The Four Elements of Writing Great Fiction with Andrew Wille
Online Flash Fest - info coming soon!