How to Write Flash Fiction that Doesn't SUCK

How to Write Flash Fiction that Doesn’t SUCK … The FREE Class

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No matter what writing skills you have right now…
And even if you’ve never written a word of fiction in your life…

“In Just 3 Weeks, You Will Know How To Write Good Story Beginnings, Compelling Middles, and Both Opposites and Dramatic Irony Twist Endings…For FREE.”

I already know I want this FREE class!

And you’ll have fun learning how to do it.

Those are big promises. And odds are pretty good you’ve never read anything by me, in spite of the fact that I now have forty novels in print (and still counting), with millions of copies in a dozen languages, and have a career that started with my first sale in 1991, and which is still going strong. I was commercially published for the first thirty years… and walked away to go indie when it became clear to me that publishing yourself is the BETTER path.

I am, you see, a successful midlist writer—meaning I’ve been making my full-time living from my writing since 1992, in spite of never hitting the NYT Bestseller list.

My readers know who I am.

To everyone else, I’m invisible.

My name is Holly Lisle, and How To Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck is the free introductory career writing course I offer to writers who want to get paid to write fiction.

My objective with the writers I teach is to help them build full-time (or part-time, if they prefer) commercial fiction writing careers.

This free class is the groundwork in how you do that.

By the end of 3 weeks, IF YOU DO THE WORK, you will have written five complete 500-word short stories that are good.

Quite a few students who went through the first wave of this course were selling their class projects and winning contests with them as soon as they finished lesson three. But people who don’t know me, and who haven’t yet taken any of my courses, have four basic questions they ask me —so I’ll assume you have the same questions, and answer them now.


Question 1: What do you mean by “free”?

I mean:

    • You don’t pay anything now or ever for the Flash Fiction class.
    • You don’t give me your credit card information.
    • You don’t have to pay for some OTHER thing before you can get into class.
    • It’s free as in “free beer.” Or “free cookies,” which I personally prefer.


You click the sign-up button below, or if you’re already a member, you just log in.

You create your username and your password, and give your valid email address.

And when you sign in…

    • You find How to Write Flash Fiction on your classroom page.
    • You click the class icon…
    • And you start class.

Oh. So REALLY free. Okay. I’m in!

Question #2: (Which is more of a challenge, really…) Everyone knows REAL free stuff is never any good.

This is usually true. However, rather than debate why How To Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck is different, I’ll let one of my students tell you about the class.


First. Fiction. Ever.


I kept notes in a notebook for “one day”, when I would “someday” write.


I didn’t want to take the [Flash Fiction] course at all; I’ve never liked short pieces; they seemed shallow. Pointless. I wanted to write novel-length pieces and thought this course would be a distraction.

I took the class because we were doing it as a group, and I thought I might pick up something by watching others. Because I had no particular interest in it, I didn’t expect to keep up with the group, but I did; I couldn’t help it.

What an amazing jump-start! I wrote five first-ever fiction pieces. First, EVER! It was so cool.

I got tons of feedback from the online forum on my very rusty (45-year out-of-date) grammar, word usage, and parts of speech. They alerted me to places where I had overused the same words, and I learned where to put quotes for characters that had multiple paragraphs of speech delivery. The feedback about what they understood and what was too cryptic was invaluable.

I LOVED the task of eliminating the worthless and pointless words to make the piece tight and urgent. I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning to write again.

Now, when talking with my DH, I want him to hurry up… so I can get back to writing. This course lit a fire under me.

Kathryn Kistner


Oh! So it really works! I’m in.

Question #3: So it’s good… Then WHY is it FREE?

Because I know I can show you how to tell good stories, how to write them well, and how to hook readers on what you’ve written.

But YOU don’t know this.

So rather than expect you to take my word for it and pay me to show you what you can do, I’ll just prove it to you.

If you hate the way I work or are dissatisfied with what you’ve learned, you move on, and neither of us is worse off than we were before.

If you like the way I work and decide you want to stay, you can stay for free, redo the class until you’re up to your ears in flash fiction, and you’ll never pay a dime.

But I also have a range of courses that will help you reach your writing goals—at your pace and within your budget, whatever it might be. (I have six classes under $10 each, and several over —or quite a bit over—$100, so I’m not kidding about the wide range.)

You expand whenever you want—and no matter what classes or workshops you eventually join, they all come with the same lifetime access to classrooms, downloads, and, if applicable, forum boards.

Free so you can prove you’re for real? Okay. Prove it!

Last question. What do I get for my money time?

A lot.

  • You’ll learn one way to come up with story ideas quickly. You’ll never again struggle for something to write about.
  • You’ll begin to develop a sense of story pacing. Your characters will do interesting things, and come to interesting ends.
  • You’ll learn what goes in the middle of a story, and why. This is tough to learn while you’re in the process of writing your 750,000-word ring cycle. However, you’ll find it very simple to get the concept when the entire story is 500 words in length…or shorter.
  • You’ll discover how to create two broadly applicable types of story endings. There are countless ways to end stories. Most of them, however, suck. Once you’ve learned two systematic ways of developing good endings, you’ll have something to build into longer works.
  • You’ll discover how to write stories that matter, both to you and to your readers. Incredibly short fiction can matter to readers.O. Henry, Frederic Brown, and Aesop (or folks who wrote under that name) are still famous long after their deaths for some very short pieces — because these pieces resonated when written, and still resonate today. You can can learn to write stories that will last far longer than you will.
  • And you’ll finish five (or more) short stories you can submit or sell on your own.How to Write Flash Fiction that Doesn't SUCK


You’ll also get the following:

  • Full General Membership, which means you’re eligible for members-only live-online classes, workshops, and early-bird specials.
  • The Flash Fiction discussion board and workgroup.
  • The Introduce Yourself Board, Writer Talk, and a couple other general membership boards, and read-access to the Eureka Boards and Announcements.
  • The Writer Crash Test story-crit video collection.

Get This Great Free Course With Proven Results, and No Strings!

Test My Teaching Methods With This Class
3-Week Class with Lessons & Live Forum
Focused, step-by-step, repeatable process for creating GOOD short fiction
Three weekly lessons with instructions and demonstrations
Downloadable, printable worksheets
Live Forum for Questions and Feedback
Unlimited access - Use the class as often as you like, write as many stories as you want

Holly Lisle

Novelist, Writing Course Creator

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Estimated Time: 3 Weeks

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