The town of Casperia, Italy

Do you dream of uninterrupted days to write in beautiful locations? Do you long to meet, be mentored by, and network with other writers? Are you enamored with flash fiction and want to learn more or refine your work?

We give professional and aspiring writers, struggling to create amidst the everyday demands of life, the gift of time, community, instruction, and the opportunity to reconnect with your own imagination and sense of possibility so you can confidently bring the work inside you to fruition.

Our flash fiction retreats are simple and affordable—expect good food, fresh air, inspiring locations, lots of encouragement, focused guidance, and the opportunity to make lifelong colleagues and friends. The retreats feature generative classes, workshops, craft talks, and one-on-one mentoring sessions as well as plenty of individual writing time. All activities and classes are optional and participants can create a schedule that is supportive and nurturing to their process while finding just the right amount of motivation, guidance, and camaraderie.We want to make it as easy for you to say yes! as possible.

“It was a marvelous retreat with exceptional  camaraderie, classes, a salon night that was entertaining and led to more ideas. There was good food a plenty, and the constant exchange of ideas and venues between both the instructors and the retreaters was valuable for our writing, Breckenridge was a beautiful spot for walks and views of the mountains from our windows. The one on one sessions with both Kathy and Nancy were extremely helpful. Also there was plenty of space to work both inside and out. I feel fortunate to have gotten into this retreat.” ~ Paul Beckman

“Kathy and Nancy create an environment of support, camaraderie, and inclusiveness that not only feeds the creative spirit, but encourages it to come out and play. My fellow writers were an amazing group of loving, generous, and off-the-charts talent. I grew just by being in their presence. Can’t wait to do it all again in Italy next year!” ~Jayne Martin

“Attending a workshop led by Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman in Colorado was marvelous. It’s everything you expect it to be, and whatever your goals—are you looking to generate new work, wish to refine and deepen a piece, focus on putting together a collection of stories, or plan for a new project, for example—this workshop provides the space and support to realize them with an outstanding collaboration in Fish and Stohlman.” ~April Bradley

“I think what sets this retreat apart from others is the level of encouragement and positive energy that is given to the writers. It’s amazing to see instructors and attendees truly appreciate the importance of creative camaraderie and support, and to model that support so beautifully.” ~Jan Saenz

“A wonderful experience to work with “Masters in Flash,” Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman in this unique setting. I met amazing writers, readers, and editors from across the country and am now reenergized and focused on my works in progress. Thank you Kathy and Nancy for taking the time to work with us.” ~Leslie Archibald

Nancy Stohlman and Kathy Fish have 25 years of combined experience writing, publishing, and teaching flash fiction, and they are bringing their expertise together in a new venture–to gather serious writers of flash fiction together in amazing locations in order to generate ideas, friendships, craft lessons, and give you the precious gift of time and inspiration for your writing.

Registration now open. Hope you can join us!


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Kathy and Nancy