Masterclasses 2021 

Flash Fiction


Two great opportunities to choose from

Join Aotearoa's top flash fiction writers for a masterclass in the super-short form, focusing on telling the story you want to tell in 250 words or fewer.

Purpose: Learn how to use language for maximum impact, how to structure narrative and how to weave an emotional arc into very few words. Learn specific flash fiction techniques which can be applied across all your writing. If you choose, polish your entry for the National Flash Fiction Day competition. 



1. Flash Fiction year 7-10

Tutor: Jenna Heller

Date: Friday March 5th

Venue: Tūranga, Central Library

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 7-10

Cost: $25.00




2. Flash Fiction year 11-13

Tutor: Michelle Elvy

Date: Friday March 19th

Venue: Tūranga, Central Library

Times: 9.15-2.45

For: Young Writers in years 11-13

Cost: $25.00




Your Tutors

Jenna Heller is the current National Flash Fiction Day champion. As well as writing fabulous flash, Jenna is a poet and novelist. In 2019, she was a Text Prize finalist for a Young Adult novel manuscript that is currently under consideration. Jenna is widely published in journals both here and in the United States. She is a skilled facilitator and communicator. 

Michelle Elvy is a world-renowned writer, mentor and editor of flash fiction. She is the founding editor/co-ordinator of the international literary journal Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, based in New Zealand, and Aotearoa New Zealand’s  National Flash Fiction Day. She is Assistant Editor for the acclaimed Best Small Fictions series, which features some of the world’s best short short fiction annually. Michele is now based in Dunedin. 


Schools: limited to 4 places per school


Please bring pens/ paper and a device if available.

Free WIFI on site.

Bring lunch/ snacks/ water bottle

All of our masterclasses are fully supervised, with Health and Safety information provided.

We are grateful to Creative Communities Christchurch and Christchurch Libraries for their support. These classes are linked to the National Flash Fiction Day Competition. Details to come.



Places are strictly limited.