Writing Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction Workout with Giovanna Iozzi

Flash is its own form, uniquely suited to innovation and experimentation…That’s what makes it so exciting to read and write. Flash fiction, done well, can be so mind-bending and fresh.’ Kathy Fish

In this new class, we will explore the exciting short form of Flash Fiction using quirky themes, concepts and visual writing prompts. We will:

• Read a wide range of published Flash pieces from the heart-breaking, funny and joyful to the experimental, uncanny and weird to analyse the breadth and potential of the form.

• Write Flash pieces in class each week, sharing work with the group, as well as bringing in pieces worked on at home.

• Discover the best online and print places to publish your work as well as competition opportunities.

This course is ideal for generating lots of new material. It will bring concision, vibrancy and wonder to your work.

All levels welcome.


I thoroughly enjoyed this class. It was well organised, well structured and the examples were extremely useful. The workshopping nature of each class was also very constructive. I could see how my writing developed over the period of the course.


Flash Fiction Student


I found this a really ‘meaty’ course with lots of well-researched information and exercises to play and create with. A diverse group of participants made it more interesting in terms of what was produced.


Flash Fiction Student


Cost £140

Summer: Mornings

  • Wednesdays 10.30am-1pm
  • May 11, 18, 25, break for half term, June 8, 15, 22

Autumn: Mornings

  • Tuesdays 10.30am-1pm
  • Nov 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13

Our tutor Giovanna says...

Teaching flash is invigorating and exciting. Students come up with some mesmerising work – often surprising themselves at what they’re capable of. Working in the concise form of Flash makes the writing more poetic and visual too.

Giovanna Iozzi

Giovanna Iozzi has taught creative writing for a wide range of adult learning spaces, including Goldsmiths University and City University as well as Writing Room. An associate lecturer at Goldsmiths, Giovanna runs a successful course on the Short Story and teaches for the Creative Writing MA, as well as currently completing a PhD on Elena Ferrante’s fiction. A winner of Goldsmith’s Pat Kavanagh Prize, she writes in the short fiction, novel and memoir form. Her first novel is Black Figs, a simmering narrative of maternal disintegration. She’s currently working on a memoir inspired by her childhood growing up in East London. You can find her published stories at https://www.joiozzi.com and find her on twitter: bristlingnarratives@gioiozzi

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