Getting ready for class, Costa Rica 2019

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. Read what past participants are saying about our retreats!

Read this interview with Nancy & Kathy by Christopher Allen at Smokelong Quarterly.

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.


Grand Lake, 2019

Our FOURTH Retreat, High Altitude Inspiration in Grand Lake, was a great success! Both restorative and inspiring. We worked with a fantastic group of writers in one of the prettiest places on earth. Thanks to all who participated and thanks to the staff of Shadowcliff Lodge for taking such good care of us.

Writing Wild in Costa Rica 2019 exceeded our expectations! So much so that we’ve planned another retreat for next year. Registrations are now open for our return: Writing in the Blue Zone: Eco-Flash in Costa Rica 2020!  We’d love to have you join us at the lovely Peace Retreat.

Watch this space for announcements of NEW retreats upcoming in 2020!

Our Creative Renaissance Retreat at beautiful Palazzo Forani in Casperia, Italy, was an incredible experience! Read Nancy’s reflections HERE. 

And Kathy’s recap plus participant testimonials HERE. 



Kathy and Nancy

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