Programme : Friday, July 8th – Sunday, July 10th

Seven of the workshops during the weekend are online as well as in-person and are marked as HYBRID on the programme.

Publication opportunity! We will be producing a Flash Fiction Festival Anthology of stories from festival participant and presenters in the autumn of this year. To be considered, submit any stories of up to 300 words, ideally prompted by festival workshops, by September 1st.

NB.For Covid 19 safety, we follow guidelines and recommendations from the UK government.

Friday 8th July Afternoon/Evening

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm


1.30pm onwards.

  • Check-in for those who have booked accommodation at the venue.
  • Arrivals and socialising
  • Register arrival at reception (in the old college) where a couple of our team members will be there to greet you. Collect lanyards. programmes and ‘goodie totebags’.

2.00 pm – 11.30 pm .

  • Bar open
  • 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm Ice-breaker in the bar with Anika Carpenter for those who haven’t been before or want to renew contact with others.

3.00 pm – 5.00pm

  • Bookshop open. Books for sale from Ad Hoc Fiction, National Flash Fiction Day, and other collections, anthologies and novellas. Card payment available for Ad Hoc Fiction books. Bring cash for others.

5.30 pm -5.45 pm

  • Welcome and introductions by Festival Directors, Jude Higgins and Diane Simmons plus festival team. In dining room

5.45 pm – 6.30 pm

  • Readings from writers who have travelled from US, Ireland and other countries to the festival. Plus winners from Bath Flash Fiction Awards. Introduced by Jude Higgins

6.45 pm – 7.15 pm

  • Readings from festival presenters. Introduced by festival team member, Alison Woodhouse.

7.30 pm – 8.15 pm

  • Readings from some of the 2022 National Flash Fiction anthology contributors who are attending the festival. Introduced by the NFFD UK Directors, Ingrid Jendrzejewski and Diane Simmons.

8.30 pm – 9.00 pm

  • Readings from other festival participants, facilitated by festival team member, Karen Jones.

9.00 – 11.00 pm

  • Socialising in the bar and outside in the grounds. (There is also a ‘chill-out’ room for quiet conversation).
    Our festival karaoke entertainment will take place in the bar, facilitated by Helen Rye and Christopher Allen.
    The bar is open until 11.00 pm.

Saturday 9th July

8.45 am – 9.45 am

Early morning hour-long workshops.

  • Writing Titles with Ingrid Jendrzejewski
  • Climate Writing with Deb Tomkins
  • Take One Dream, with Jude Higgins. HYBRID
  • Writers HQ ‘Flash Face Off’ Workshop with Kathy Hoyle

9.45 am – 10.15 am

  • Coffee/tea in Dining room.
  • Bookshop open. ‘Bookshop corner’. Authors published by V. Press will be in the bookshop to tall about and sign their books
10.15 am – 10.25 am

  • Welcome, information about the weekend events and introduction to workshop facilitators. Dining room

10.30 am – 11.00 am

  • ‘The Biggest Word Cricket in the Whole Wide World’ with Vanessa Gebbie. A half an hour warm up writing workshop for the entire assembly. in the dining room.

11.05 am – 12.35 pm
Workshop Session. One and a half hours.

  • Revision Think Tank: With Kathy Fish
  • Defense Mechanisms in Flash Form and Content: With Stephanie Carty
  • Writing the Prose Poetry Sequence or Series: With Carrie Etter. HYBRID
  • Narrative Kindling with K. M. Elkes

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

  • Lunch. Bar open from 12.35 pm

2.05 pm – 3.05 pm

  • Panel on Writing Historical Novellas-in-flash with Johanna Robinson, Diane Simmons, Joanna Campbell and David Rhymes
  • Writing Words of Wild Wonder, with Electra Rhodes. HYBRID
  • Don’t Give up the Day Job: Flash fiction lessons from non-fiction writing work. A lively discussion panel with Tim Craig, Sharon Telfer and Hannah Storm

3.05 pm-

  • Tea break
  • Bookshop open. ‘Bookshop corner’ Authors published by Reflex Press will talk about and sign their books.

3.50 pm – 5.20 pm

  • Workshop Session One and a half hours
  • The Deep Zoo with Nancy Stohlman
  • Writing the Novella in Flash: Developing your characters, with Michael Loveday
  • Vanessa’s Little Red Book with Vanessa Gebbie
  • Smokelong Summer party workshop: Shrink or Stretch, the Flash Fiction Dilemma, with Christopher Allen and Helen Rye. HYBRID

5.30pm – 11.00 pm

  • Bar open

5.30 pm – 6.15 pm

  • Bookshop open

6.15 pm -7.15 pm

  • Dinner

7.20 pm – 7.35 pm

  • Mini Book Launch of ‘Now You See Him’. Debut flash fiction collection by Tim Craig. Introduced by Jude Higgins for Ad Hoc Fiction
  • 7.35 pm – 8.15 pm

    • Readings from writers attending the festival selected for Best Small Fictions 2022 Introduced by festival team member, Michael Loveday.

    8.15 pm

    • Winner and runners up for the Pokrass Prize announced.
    • 8.30 pm to 9.00 pm Readings from festival participants. Introduced by festival team member, Karen Jones
  • Bar open throughout the readings and up until 11.00 pm to carry on socialising inside and outside. Karaoke entertainment organised by Helen Rye, with Christopher Allen. Chill out room for quiet conversation
  • Sunday 10th July

    8.45 am – 9.45 am.
    Early morning hour-long workshops.

    • My flashes and Other Animals with Nora Nadjarian
    • Foraging for Inspiration with Judy Darley
    • Writing Titles with Ingrid Jendzrejewski
    • Writing Flash Memoir with Hannah Storm
    • Funding your Writing in the UK, with Carrie Etter (half hour workshop beginning at 9.15 am)

    9.45- am – 10.15 am

    • Coffee in the Dining room
    • Bookshop open ‘ Bookshop corners’. Authors of flash fiction collections will talk about and sign their books. And in a separate corner, authors of novellas-in-flash will talk about and sign their books.

    10.15 am – 10.25 am

    • Welcome to Sunday with Jude and Diane

    10.25 am – 10.45 am

    • Stephanie Carty, author of Inside Fictional Minds,
      Michael Loveday author of Unlocking the Novella in Flash and
      Nancy Stohlman, author of Going Short, will talk about using their guide nooks and answer questions.

    10.45 to 11.05 am

    • Mini book launches of the novellas-in-flash Lessons at the Water’s Edge by Caroline Greene and All Their Favourite Stories by Slawka G.Scarso

    11.10 am – 12.40 pm
    Workshops, one and a half hours.

    • Revision Think Tank with Kathy Fish
    • What’s the Story with Alison Woodhouse
    • Going Shorter with Nancy Stohlman.HYBRID
    • The Art of Immersive Flash Fictioneering with Susmita Bhattacharya

    12.35 pm – 2.00 pm

    • Bar Open until 2.00 pm. Book shop open from 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm.

    1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

    • Lunch

    2.05 pm – 3.35pm

    • The Music of Flash with Christopher Allen.
    • Beyond the Bodice: Writing Historical Fiction with Sharon Telfer and Emily Devane
    • Writing the novella in flash: ‘Developing your story world’, with Michael Loveday
    • Whose story is it anyway?’ With K B Carle HYBRID
    • Writing Funny Fiction with Karen Jones

    3.35 pm – 4.15 pm

    • Tea. Bookshop open

    4.15 pm – 4.25 pm

    • Mini book launch of Positive and Negative, the debut flash fiction collection by Nick Black. Introduced by Jude Higgins, for Ad Hoc Fiction

    4.25 pm- 5.00 pm

    • Raffle prizes drawn
    • Goodbyes

    Please Note: As with any large event, this programme maybe subject to alteration.

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