Stories in a Flash (Sep. 8 – Oct. 13, 2019)


A (super) intensive weekend workshop for fiction writers and advanced students who wish to experiment with the rewarding and challenging form of Flash Fiction—short-short stories under 1,000 words. Maximum 9 students. Class period: Sep. 7 – Oct. 13 (3 Saturdays and 3 Sundays; see schedule). A writing sample is required and will usually be reviewed within 7 days. The instructor will admit students on a rolling basis. Enrollment deadline: August 31, 2019.

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Designed specifically for fiction writers and advanced students, this super-intensive workshop is a crash course for writers who wish to venture into the rewarding and challenging form of Flash Fiction. Over three weekends, immerse yourself in published works of modern masters and learn the finer points of crafting Flash Fiction. Through writing exercises and prompts, you’ll generate two of your own compelling short-short stories (or one story and a revision). You’ll get feedbacks for those stories, learn revision strategies, and explore publication markets for your work. Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to celebrate and read your story at the House’s Submission and Reading Party.


Colette Sartor

Colette’s linked short story collection Once Removed (2019, University of Georgia Press) won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Kenyon Review Online, Slice Magazine, Carve Magazine, Hello Giggles, Babble, The Good Men Project, Scary Mommy, Midlife Boulevard, Yahoo Parenting, FiveChapters, Printers Row Journal, The Drum, Paragraph Shorts, Fugue, Redux, Quarterly West, Role Reboot, draft: the blog of process [marginalia], Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. Among other places, her work has been anthologized in Short Stories from Printers Row, The Press 53 Open Awards Anthology, and Law and Disorder: Stories of Conflict and Crime. In addition to the Flannery O’Connor Award, she has won a Writers@Work Fiction Prize, a Fugue Prose Award, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, a Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, a Press 53 Open Award, an honorable mention in Best American Short Stories, and a Truman Capote fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she completed her MFA. She also is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Summer Writing Workshops, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ragdale Foundation Residency, and Tin House Summer Workshops.

She also cohosts the Literary Roadhouse Bookclub podcast. In addition, she is an Executive Director and the Co-Feature Manager of The CineStory Foundation, a nonprofit mentoring organization that pairs emerging TV writers and screenwriters with entertainment industry professionals as mentors.

Colette has taught writing for almost 20 years at the University of Iowa, USC, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, private workshops, and elsewhere. Fore more information about Colette, visit her website.


Colette Sartor
Photo by Rayme Silverberg


This is an overview of the schedule. You will receive a detailed syllabus with instructions to access the course website after enrollment.

Before the first classRead: (1) selected essays from The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and (2) selected short short stories. You'll receive the list upon enrollment.
Class 1: Sep. 7, 2019 (Sat)10 A.M. - 1.P.M.Introduction to Flash Fiction. Reading discussions. Writing exercises.
Class 2: Sep. 8, 2019 (Sun)10 A.M. - 1.P.M.Essentials for great flash fiction continued. Discussion of examples by modern masters. Writing exercises.
Sep. 18, 2019 (Wed)11:59 P.M.Your 1st story due.
Class 3: Sep. 21, 2019 (Sat)10 A.M. - 1.P.M.Checklist for flash fiction. Workshop 1st student stories.
Class 4: Sep. 22, 2019 (Sun)10 A.M. - 1.P.M.Revising your flash fiction. Workshop 1st student stories (continued).
Oct. 9, 2019 (Wed)11:59 P.M.Your 2nd story due.
(Or revision of your 1st story)
Class 5: Oct. 12, 2019 (Sat)10 A.M. - 1.P.M.Flash fiction market. More revision strategies. Workshop 2nd student stories.
Class 6: Oct. 13, 2019 (Sun)10 A.M. - 1.P.M.Submission and publication strategies. Workshop 2nd student stories (continued).
TBD by the class4 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.Submission & Reading Party


Textbook(required): (1) The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field, edited by Tara L. Masih. (2) Best Small Fiction 2018 (guest-edited by Aimee Bender).

Also, this course requires a writing sample and instructor approval. When you enroll, you’ll be asked to upload your writing sample at checkout. There is no page limit for the writing sample, and so you can send any existing file you have, but know that we won’t read past the first 10 pages. The writing sample does not have to be in the form of writing of the course you plan to register in. The instructor will review the writing sample and make an admission decision generally within 7 days of submission. Your payment will only be authorized but not finalized until after instructor approval.


At the Los Angeles Writers’ House, which is located in West Los Angeles, near Stoner Park. You will receive the exact address after enrollment.

Refund Policy

You can request to withdraw from a course by contacting us.

  • 14 days prior to the course’s start date: a full refund minus an administrative fee of $50.
  • 0-13 days prior to the course’s start date: a 50% refund.
  • After the course starts: no refund.

Cancellation by the House We reserve the right to cancel a course. A course may be cancelled if it has fewer than the minimum number of students as stated on the course page. In the event of a cancellation by the House, a full refund will be issued.