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Thu, 07 Sept



Collaborative Flash Fiction | 6 Part Course | Limited 20 Places | £60

The Long and Short of it! From novel to flash fiction. Understanding and using collaborative techniques, being part of a group of LGBTQ+ writers creating a polyphonic flash novella. Designed for 10-20 participants. Meets fortnightly every two weeks from Thu 7th September. For writers at all levels.

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Collaborative Flash Fiction | 6 Part Course | Limited 20 Places | £60
Collaborative Flash Fiction | 6 Part Course | Limited 20 Places | £60

Time & Location

07 Sept 2023, 19:00 – 21:00 BST


About the Event

Workshop dates

Thu 7th September 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Thu 21st September 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Thu 5th October 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Thu 19th October 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Thu 2nd November 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Thu 16th November 7.00pm-9.00pm

The Course

The overall aim is understanding and using collaborative techniques, being part of a group of LGBTQ+ writers creating and producing a polyphonic flash novella. Course leader Michael will work explore with Out on the Page,  options for producing and circulating the finished work.

Over six sessions we explore:

Forms used in creative fiction.

Elements of the craft.

Creative collaboration.

With time to create and showcase your work, the course provides a toolkit for the creative writer to hone their craft.

Session 1

Understanding form

Elements of fiction

Creative exercises

Session 2

Style, voice, and tone

Point of view


Creative exercises

Session 3

Plot and story

Setting and place


Creative exercises

Session 4



Dramatisation and action

Creative exercises

Session 5

Creating characters for a unified flash novella

Negotiating and setting parameters

Concepts for an overarching theme

Creative exercises

Session 6

Review of the aims

Workshop characters

Final character agreement

Time to read – open mic

Minimum Course Numbers 2023

To keep Out on the Page sustainable whilst allowing for experimentation and diversity in the range of activities we offer, we are setting minimum course numbers for our paid activities to go ahead. For reasons around creating a polyphocinic flash novella, the minimum attendee number for this course to ahead is 10. If for some reason, this is not reached by 7 days before the course, we will cancel the activity and refund anyone who has bought tickets within two weeks.

Partial Bursaries

Limited places are available for writers who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend.  To request a bursary, please email

About Michael Swindells

Michael is a long-and-short-of-it writer with a passion for wine gums and facilitating collaborative creativity. He had two works featured in ‘Queer Writing – A Brave New World.’, has featured in ‘The Word Association’ publications and read at the Cheltenham Literature Festival (2021). He is a LGBTQ charity trustee, voluntary community outreach worker for The Rainbow Project (Rotherham), acting as writer in residence. He spends hours walking three Bedlington Terriers (and a husband) on the beach, planning the next murder. Michael has a Masters in creative writing. He is experienced in facilitating online and in-person workshops in both poetry and prose.


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    This ticket covers all 6 workshops. Partial Bursaries are available for those writers who would otherwise be unable to attend. To request a bursary, please email

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