List of Outside Low Cost Workshops

This is the list of awesome online low cost writing workshops outside of Crow Collective.


Flash Fiction: Flash 360 Flash Fiction Workshop: An introductory all-purpose class for beginners writing flash fiction

This hand-on workshop integrates the best of learning and exercises to explore the unfamiliar genre of flash writing. You’ll be led through discussions on the STRUCTURE OF FLASH FICTION, FORMS (List stories, hybrids, hermit crabs, reverse chronology story, fairytale re-tellings), how to craft a attention-grabbing OPENING LINE, and how to write a satisfactory resolution. You’ll also be guided through the submission process including drafting of COVER LETTERS. Includes one in-class writing opportunity using PROMPT given by the instructor and FREE Editor’s Critique on 1 PIECE ( including your bio and cover letter) after class.

Workshop Type Synchronous (Google Meet) we meet online live at the same time.

Date July 9, 2 hours

Free Spots none

About Instructor

Mandira Pattnaik is an Indian fiction writer and poet published in print and online in over 190 journals/magazines across fifteen countries. Her writing features in The Times of India, Best Small Fictions 2021, Citron Review, Passages North, DASH, Miracle Monocle, Timber Journal, Bending Genres, Gasher Journal, Watershed Review, Amsterdam Quarterly, and Prime Number Magazine, among other publications. Four-times Pushcart Prize-nominated, and four times for Best Microfictions, and once for Best of the Net, her fiction has been translated and highly commended by editors including a placing in the Versification Contest 2021, Honorable Mention in CRAFT Flash Contest 2020, Highly Commended at Litro Magazine Summer Contest 2021, shortlisting at RetreatWest Micro Fiction and Strands International, longlisting at Smokelong Comedy Prize, Brilliant Flash and AWC Furious Fiction. Mandira’s columns about writing life and craft appear on Trampset and Reckon Review and on her blog mandirapattnaik.com

Registration Please note, this workshop is outside of Crow Collective, run by Mandira Pattnaik. Click here to register.


Narrative Drive: Keeping Your Reader Hooked – Creating Compelling Narratives

This workshop will give you tips and tools to use for stories of all lengths to show how you can write stories that keep readers compelled to read on. You’ll look at creating conflict, on a large and small scale, and when to give your reader info and when to keep things from them. Narrative drive is essential to ensure that the reader has to keep on turning the page in novels and to read straight to the end in short stories.

Workshop Type Synchronous (Zoom), we meet online live at the same time.

Date August 6, 1 hour

Free Spots 3 available, email instructor.

About Instructor
Amanda Saint is an author, editor, publisher and creative writing tutor. Her debut novel, As If I Were A River, was longlisted for the Guardian Not The Booker Prize, 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, V300 and Cranked Anvil Short Story Prize; and won the Editor’s Choice Prize at 101 Words. She is currently working on a flash collection and a novella-in-flash.

Registration Please note, this workshop is outside of Crow Collective, run by Amanda Saint. Click here to register.


Flash Fiction: 1 Flash Month – September

Four, weekly, two-hour live sessions on Google Meet and an asynchronous element, on the Mighty Networks platform, where participants share draft/s with fellow participants with the option to give and receive ongoing feedback. Participants receive facilitator feedback on one draft Participants receive free access to daily editing exercises every weekday via the online forum.

  • 1st Live Session
    Hello This first session we’ll use to get to know each other. There will be time to chat, take part in playful writing games and talk about the stories being brought to the course to work on.
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th 1st Live Sessions
    Feedback and Writing Prompts Each week two participants will read a story draft and receive peer and facilitator feedback. There will also be writing prompts.

Workshop Type A combination of synchronous (Google Meet) and asynchronous (Mighty Networks).

Date September 5 – 26, 4 sessions, 2 hours each

Free Spots 1 available, email instructor.

About Instructor

Anika Carpenter is a flash fiction author and workshop facilitator based in Brighton, UK. Her work has been published in numerous flash fiction anthologies, and shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the Bridport Prize. You can find her stories in Ellipsis Zine, The Molotov Cocktail, Janus Literary and many more. Anika has devised and run a variety of inspiring and playful events from creative speed dating sessions for artists and poets to drawing & writing games in an empty swimming pool and an orchard-based creative retreat for writers, dancers, filmmakers and musicians. She is currently a host for Retreat West’s Flashing Fridays as well as running her own online workshops. You can find her on Twitter @StillSquirrel

Registration Please note, this workshop is outside of Crow Collective, run by Anika Carpenter. Click here to register.


Flash Fiction: Biryani Flash – Building Up the Layers of Flash Fiction

In this 2-hour workshop, we will discuss how create more depth in your flash fiction using various techniques and considering structure, POV, and character. There will be a mixture of reading, discussion and writing tasks, and you will leave with several ideas and drafts and how to turn them into complete stories. We will also mention our own writing processes and how we use these techniques in our own work.

Workshop Type Synchronous (Zoom), we meet online live at the same time.

Date September 10, 2022 – 2 hours

Free Spots 2 available, claim via Eventbrite.

About Instructors

Farhana Khalique is a writer, voiceover artist and teacher from south-west London. Her writing has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2022, 100 Voices, This is Our Place, and more. She has been shortlisted for The Asian Writer Short Story Prize and she is a former Word Factory Apprentice. Farhana is also a submissions editor at SmokeLong Quarterly and at Litro, and she is the editor of Desi Reads. Find Farhana @HanaKhalique and http://www.farhanakhalique.com

Anita Goveas is British-Asian and based in London. She’s on the editorial team at Flashback Fiction, an editor at Mythic Picnic’s twitter zine, and she’s an editor for the Flash Flood. She was one of the teachers on Dahlia Publishing’s ‘A Brief Pause’ writer development programme and she taught a workshop at the ‘Stay at Home Lit Fest’, and she runs a writing group for unpaid Carers for Wandsworth Carers centre. Her debut flash collection Families and Other Natural Disasters was published by Reflex Press in Sept 2020. https://www.reflex.press/product/families-and-other-natural-disasters/ Find Anita at @coffeeandpaneer and https://coffeeandpaneer.wordpress.com/

Registration Please note, this workshop is outside of Crow Collective, run by Farhana Khalique and Anita Goveas. Click here to register.

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