Science + Art = Magic

'Science + Art = Magic', With Mandira Pattnaik

An online generative flash fiction writing workshop plus Craft Talk.


Let’s look at the science of flash fiction writing. What is the psychology behind an effective opening paragraph? What is the de rigueur technique of a short-short’s structure? How can geometric shapes inspire flash writing? And how to use & 'Time' in flash fiction? We’ll discuss these alongside the ‘art’ of writing brief. We’ll throw in generative prompts in-between the discussions, in a sort of mixed styling that keeps attention levels high. These prompts will challenge the flow of thoughts and imagination of participants. Attendees can look forward to three new drafts, and numerous adjacent ideas. We’ll read out and/or link-up to examples wherever available. In the last ten minutes we’ll read drafts, and bounce new ideas around for peer feedback.


Saturday, June 10th


14:00 - 16:00 GMT


Pay what you can

£0, £5, £10, £20


Live Zoom session

Mandira Pattnaik is a fiction writer, poet, columnist and editor published in print and online in over 200 journals/magazines, including Best Small Fictions Anthology 2021, Citron Review, Passages North, DASH, Miracle Monocle, Timber Journal, Penn Review, Contrary, Quarterly West, Watershed Review, Amsterdam Quarterly, and Prime Number Magazine, among other publications. Wigleaf Top 50 Longlisted (2022), four-times Pushcart Prize-nominated, five times for Best Microfictions, and thrice for Best of the Net, her fiction has been translated and highly commended including Honorable Mention in CRAFT Flash Contest 2020, Highly Commended at Litro Magazine Summer Contest 2021, shortlisting at Retreat West Micro Fiction Contest and Strands International Fiction Contest, longlisting at Smokelong Comedy Prize The Commies, Brilliant Flash Fiction Contest and AWC Furious Fiction. Mandira’s columns about writing life and craft appear regularly on Trampset and Reckon Review, and on her author blog She has led successful creative writing workshops independently, and for Retreat West and Crow Collective.