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ACE2356 Flash Fiction: A Creative Writing Course (Morning, Bishopstown Library) is a Course

ACE2356 Flash Fiction: A Creative Writing Course (Morning, Bishopstown Library)

Starts Jan 30, 2023

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Full course description

Course Overview

This Flash Fiction course is for anyone who has ever wanted to write. Flash fiction, in its essence, is short, powerful and complete. Learn to read and understand flash fiction before putting pen to paper. By the end of the course, students will have between one and three pieces of their own flash fiction, and for those who would like to try and publish them, there will be a class about submitting to journals. 

The course will look at Flash Fiction both classic and contemporary, and students will read flash fiction on a range of topics and styles, showing the diverse reach of this specific art. Students will also learn the difference between Flash Fiction and the Short Story. As this genre of fiction writing continues to grow, become a part of it. Find your voice and have fun in the process. Each student will get peer review and feedback from the professor, who is a prize-winning author. 


Course Schedule 


Monday mornings, 11am to 1pm  30 January to 27 March 2023

Location- Bishopstown Library, Wilton, Cork 

Closing date for applications: Friday 23 January 2023


Week 1: introduction to Flash Fiction 

Week 2: Learning to read Flash Fiction

Week 3: Analysing winning Flash Fiction

Week 4: Workshop 1

Week 5: Workshop 2

Week 6: Workshop 3

Week 7: Workshop 4

Week 8: Next steps + a look at the world of publishing


Course Lecturer

Dr. Patrick Holloway is a writer and lecturer with a PhD and Master’s in Creative Writing. He is the 2021 winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Competition, The Allingham Flash Fiction Competition, and the Flash 500 competition. His work has been published by The Stinging Fly, Carve, Overland, The Irish Times, The Illanot Review, Scoundrel Time, Poetry Ireland Review, The Lonely Crowd, Write Bloody Publishing, New Voices Scotland, Papercuts, The Moth, Southworn, among many others. His story, 'Laughing and Turning Away' won second place in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. 'The Lift, the Fox, and the Lilies' won the Overland Literary Journal contest and was also published by The Irish Times. His story 'Counting Stairs' was highly commended for the Manchester Fiction Prize. He has been shortlisted for numerous other prizes including: Bath Short Story Prize, Moth Poetry Prize, Moth Short Story Prize, Bath Flash Fiction Prize, Dermot Healy Poetry Prize, Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award (for both fiction and poetry) and the prestigious Alpine Fellowship for Fiction. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.


Short courses are not assessed. Students will receive a UCC Certificate of Attendance upon completion.

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