Flash Fiction Workshop


The next available class is Saturday, May 6, 2023, 1-3 PM Pacific time and will be taught by Cat Rambo.

This workshop focuses on flash fiction, also known as short short stories. The workshop consists of a mixture of lecture, in-class writing exercises, discussion of how to turn fragments into flash, and an overview of flash fiction markets. Come prepared to write! By the end of the class you will have 3-4 “word lumps” and the knowledge required to turn them into actual flash fiction pieces.

An on-demand version of this course is available here.

Cost is $99 ($79 for former students, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions). Patreon supporters receive the discount or free classes, depending on their support level and can also receive the video afterward for $40.

Live classes are taught online and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane. A webcam is strongly suggested but not required. If there is an on-demand version of the class, you will be provided with a free coupon for it, so you have access to those notes.

To register for a class, send e-mail with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you are registering for.
  • Remind me if you support me on Patreon or have already taken a class with me so you can get the special rate.
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, check, Venmo, or some other means.
  • If you’re a new student, please let me know how you found out about the classes!

You should receive confirmation of your registration within 48 hours.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has a slot reserved for such a student, and the sole criteria is that you can’t afford the class but really think it would be useful for you. To apply, mail me with your name, the class name/date, and a brief statement about why you want to take the class. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. You may apply for up to three classes.

The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarship recipients will be notified the week before the class.

Notes and Testimonials

Stories produced in this class include my own The Haunted Snail, The Moon and the Mouse, and You Have Always Lived in the Castle. Here’s one by Todd Honeycutt, “The Weakest Link in the Chain,” published in Allegory and another from Ivy Spadille for Syntax and Salt, “The Whist Clowns of Old Frizzle“.

I enjoyed the class a lot — I feel I got a lot of good ideas out of it, as well as encouragement and a sense that quick writing of flash stories can be viable, which is valuable in itself! The exercises were interesting and varied, and I really appreciate the fact that I got out of it several beginnings that will be revisable into submittable work. – Susannah Mandel

I’m glad I took the workshop. I enjoyed the other writers’ work, and I got a reminder about “timed writing”. -Catherine Brennan

I ended up writing 6 stories from that story title exercise you gave. -Danika Dinsmore

I took this class as an unpublished writer. I’ve sold quite a bit of flash since then. Some folks have even thought my flash was pretty good. Do yourself a favor and check this out! – José Pablo Iriarte

I attended the Flash Fiction workshop at @Catrambo’s Academy on Sunday. Not sure what I was expecting… but damn, did I get a lot of questions answered. Had fun and loved the cats. Oh! And I actually SHARED WORK!
Here’s a video ad for the class: