**Applications are Required**
Program Will Start November 1st, 2021
*Early Applications are encouraged, slots are limited, and are considered in order.
Please do not pay for the mentorship until you receive a formal acceptance notification via email.
Click HERE to Apply by October 25th. Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged.
Any questions about this mentorship? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.
Led by Tommy Dean, Editor-in-Chief at Fractured Lit and Uncharted Magazine. Tommy is the author of two flash fiction chapbooks: Special Like the People on TV (Redbird Chapbooks, 2014) and Covenants (ELJ Editions, 2021). Hollows, A collection of flash fiction is forthcoming from Alternating Current Press. A recipient of the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction, his writing can be found in Best Microfiction 2019 & 2020, Best Small Fiction 2019, Monkeybicycle, the Atticus Review, and more.
Tommy's mentees have published work in Smokelong Quarterly, Pithead Chapel, Maudlin House, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, New World Writing, Fictive Dream, 2021 Wigleaf Top 50 longlist, WOW! Women on Writing Spring 2021 Flash Fiction Contest winner, Bending Genres, jmww, Best Small Fictions 2021, The Los Angeles Review, Longleaf Review, and elsewhere.
The Ideal Participant is someone who is deeply committed to learning how to write flash fiction or leveling up their flash fiction. Mentees should be committed to the writing process and the writing journey and will have a deep appreciation for criticism and feedback concerning point of view, characterization, imagery, plot, theme, and any other elements unique to flash fiction. Participants should have at least 2-3 flash drafts to get started. The mentorship will provide mentees with resources to start and finish new drafts and start the submission process.
While this mentorship is focused on the writing and revising process (micro-level stuff such as sentence structure, diction, punctuation and macro-level such as plot, voice, tension, theme), you will also work toward getting at least 1-2 flashes ready for potential publication. Importantly, this mentorship is about giving writers the necessary tools and skills to be successful writers who may be working without a mentor in the future.
By the end of this 6-week one-on-one mentorship, writers will have:
- 1 to 3 potentially publishable flash or micro stories (50-1,000 words in length)
- A list of magazines/journals that are ideal places for their work
- A plan to submit stories to magazines/journals
- A clearer and stronger sense of their writing sensibilities and tendencies unique to their work and style
- A clearer sense of future writing goals
- The ability to self-critique their writing
- How to use model texts to explore and utilize craft moves
This mentorship is not about writing a “perfect” flash but discovering what you are trying to do as a writer, both within an individual flash and in general, then working out how best you can accomplish your fictional vision. Writing flash is often a state of mind, a pursuit of writing stories with the fewest of words but with the largest of impacts upon the reader. Writing flash allows the reader to use all of the craft elements or craft moves used by other fiction writers, but it also begs the write ti employ them in the briefest way possible while still writing a complete and powerful story!
Together, we will discover the answers and methods that are right for you. Our work is meant to be a collaborative process, to encourage and motivate you as well as give you the freedom to try new things, explore new modes, without worrying too much about outcome or judgment. That said, interested participants will understand that growth requires critique, consistent work, and eagerness to learn. Revision is key, learning to really see your work throughout the process with fresh eyes, with as much objectivity as possible. Because revision is so crucial, it’s possible you may spend the bulk of the mentorship on only a few flashes (along with other exercises and your assigned reading).
How It Works:
Upon acceptance into the mentorship program, you will schedule an initial one-on-one call or Zoom session with Tommy to discuss where you are at with drafting stories and your goals, allowing him to get a sense of your previous experience and attitude toward feedback. Together, you’ll create a work plan for the next six weeks.
You will then meet with Tommy, by phone or Zoom, every other week until the end of the program. Prior to these meetings, you will be expected to send a process letter (1-3 pages) detailing the work you have accomplished as well as your successes and concerns. Along with the letter, you will also submit up to 15 pages of flash fiction for direct feedback from Tommy (which he will provide in the form of line edits/line comments as well as a formal letter). The number of pages due is flexible per meeting and will depend on the person; the specifics of this can be worked out in the initial conversation and as you go.
Regularly reading fiction as well as essays on the craft of writing is essential to improvement, so every week Tommy will supply you will reading tailored to your interests in needs in the form of assigned stories, criticism, essays, talks, interviews, etc. You will then discuss these in your bi-weekly session, in addition to your process letter and fiction submission. Tommy will also be available to answer questions, talk through any issues or blocks you may be having, or provide advice via email at any time for the duration of the six-week mentorship. By the end, you and Tommy will collaborate to put together a list of journals where you will send at least one polished flash.
The 6-Week Mentorship Consists of the Following:
- One-on-one initial consultation via phone or Zoom to discuss your experience, specific needs, and aspirations
- Access to mentor via email for six weeks
- Bi-weekly meeting between mentor and mentee via phone or Zoom to discuss latest submission and progress
- Line edits (via Microsoft Word) and formal letter on submitted stories
- Assignments (stories/craft essays/art/films/etc.) tailored to your individual needs and interests
- Plan for submitting at least one flash (and possibly more) to literary journals;
Mentor’s Monthly Input:
- Phone or Zoom conversations to discuss progress and submission
- Line edits and/or line comments and formal letter on stories
- Based on each discussion, pages, and progress letter, mentor will assign new material (stories, essays, interviews, films, etc.) to aid in growth
- Available to answer questions/provide support at any time via email
Mentee’s Monthly Responsibilities:
- Send up to 15 pages every other week to mentor for commentary and discussion
- Progress letter reflecting on successes, concerns, and goals
- Read/listen/watch assigned ancillary materials
- Participate in email conversations about progress
"Tommy Dean’s flash fiction workshops are really fantastic. They are brimming with original and productive writing prompts. His lessons and examples are well-thought out, and the assignments are a wonderful combination of challenging and accessible. In addition, his comments are sharp and help you to see what your strengths are, as well as deftly pointing out what you might want to add or take away. This, in addition to a wonderful group of other students that are in the workshops, really blend to make a perfect workshop experience. His private editorial feedback is also wonderful. Very quick turnaround, great observations, and very generous with his time. Highly, highly recommended." -Francine Witte, author of The Cake, The Smoke, The Moon and Dressed All Wrong for This
Application Process: Complete Application Questionnaire. Please do not pay for the mentorship until you receive an acceptance notification via email.
Full Tuition for the 6-week program is $595. Accepted writers must commit to the full six weeks and meet all assigned deadlines. You can pay the tuition in full or opt for equal monthly payments by selecting Shop Pay or Affirm at checkout. If you decide to create a monthly payment plan using Affirm, you can do so once you add "Full Tuition" to your cart, enter your contact information, and are on the payment page.
Additional Program Information:
Tuition is $595
Program Starts November 1st, 2021
The Mentorship is fully online and students may participate from anywhere.
NOTE: Shifting some dates around may be necessary but any changes will be communicated well in advance, if possible.
Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this program.
Mentor Tommy Dean is the author of two flash fiction chapbooks Special Like the People on TV (Redbird Chapbooks, 2014) and Covenants (ELJ Editions, 2021). Hollows, A collection of flash fiction is forthcoming from Alternating Current Press. He lives in Indiana where he currently is the Editor at Fractured Lit and Uncharted Magazine. A graduate of the Queens University of Charlotte MFA program, he is currently working on a novel. A recipient of the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction, his writing can be found in Best Microfiction 2019 and 2020, Best Small Fiction 2019, Monkeybicycle, and the Atticus Review. He taught writing workshops for the Gotham Writers Workshop, the Barrelhouse Conversations and Connections conference, and The Writers Workshop. Find him at tommydeanwriter.com and on Twitter @TommyDeanWriter.