Writing Workshops

Tommy Dean lives in Indiana with his wife and two children. 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 was published by Alternating Current Press. He is the Editor at Fractured Lit. He has been previously published in the Atticus Review, The MacGuffin, The Lascaux Review, New World Writing, Pithead Chapel, and New Flash Fiction Review. His story “You’ve Stopped” was included in Best Microfiction 2019 and 2020 and the Best Small Fiction 2019. He won the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction. His interviews have been previously published in New Flash Fiction Review, The Rumpus, CRAFT Literary, and The Town Crier (The Puritan). He has led writing workshops for the Barrelhouse Conversations and Connections conference, The Lafayette Writer’s Workshop, Bending Genres, and for Kathy Fish’s Fast Flash. he is currently teaching at the Dallas Writer’s Workshop.

“Tommy Dean brought such energy and enthusiasm as a guest teacher in my workshop! He has a gift for sparking creativity and innovation in writers. As a gifted practitioner of the short form and a knowledgeable and inspiring teacher, he is sure to bring fresh insights and expertise to his own classes as well. I’m excited for any writers lucky enough to work with him!”

-Kathy Fish

Previous Workshops Have Sold Out Fast!

Don’t miss out on what 2022 has to offer! From learning how to create the feeling in a story, to testing your limits with brevity and word play, we cover all bases to turn you into a crisper, more innovative flash fiction writer.

For information on upcoming workshops and how to register, follow this page or email Tommy at thomasrdean13@gmail.com.

August 17, 2022, 100 Word Story Zoom Generative Class

Cost: Pay what you want/can

From 10:00-11:30 am Eastern Time Zone

Need a jumpstart to your writing? I will provide a bit of writing craft, 6-8 model texts and some analysis of why these models work, and 6-8 prompts to help participants write their own 100 word stories in this positive, welcoming environment!

Email me at thomasrdean13@gmail.com or DM me @tommydeanwriter to confirm your spot! Or use the button below to go directly to my PayPal account! Make sure to list the class in the comments section on Paypal!

August 31, 2022, The Mighty and the Flawed: Characters That Demand Attention Zoom Generative Class

Cost: Pay what you want/can

From 3-4:30 pm Eastern Time Zone

Welcome to a generative opportunity to focus on your writing! In this 1.5 hour workshop, we will create dynamic characters through action and counterpoint by looking at examples from poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction to find unforgettable characters. In this generative workshop, you’ll find ways to imbue your stories with depth and resonance grounded in specific and unique characters Prompts and example texts will help you discover the characters your poems, fiction, and creative non-fiction have been missing. Our guide will be this quote from Charles Baxter: “Fiction is that place where human beings do not have to be better than they really are, where characters can and should confront each other, where they must create scenes, where desire will have its day, where all truth is beautiful.” Join Tommy Dean in creating characters we won’t forget, by writing in an inclusive and positive environment.

September 28, 2022: Flashing with Metaphor Zoom Generative Class

Cost: Pay what you want/can

From 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern Time Zone

Having trouble creating depth and resonance in your flash and micro stories? Do your stories lack the metaphors and similes that create a wider context? Do you struggle with creating vignettes rather than stories? In this 1 hour generative class, we’ll look at flash and micro stories that use metaphors to create context and depth, and warrant multiple reads. Come for the inspiring and engaging prompts in a safe environment! Metaphor isn’t just for the Poets!

November 2-14, 2022: Building Fictional Relationships through Dialogue, Ritual, and Objects

9/12 spots left!

Cost: $160


Are you tired of your characters standing around, thinking, doing nothing in your flash? When creating characters in a story that’s a thousand words or less, economy of words and actions is the key. The writer must think specifically about how a character acts, talks, looks and use details that present a picture of a living, breathing person. There isn’t enough space in a flash story to write paragraph after paragraph of character description. This class will focus on building and revealing character in flash stories by focusing on building relationships through Dialogue, Ritual, and special objects!

The class structure is asynchronous, so you can log in as needed throughout the week. I’ll provide 1 prompt per day Monday-Wednesday-Friday for two weeks. Each learning day will also contain model texts and my analysis of how to use the model texts. You can write a flash for each day and post it to the learning environment (Canvas). I will then provide positive encouraging feedback for each flash piece you write. You will also get a chance to give and receive positive comments from your peers. We’ll use Saturday and Sunday to catch up on writing and commenting!

This was such a fabulous, generative workshop. The material for each day provided us with a craft essay that illuminated elements of the micro form, readings that showed these elements in practice, and prompts that gave just the right amount of guidance – enough to take away the paralysis of sitting down to write, but not so much that it felt too limiting. Tommy’s feedback, and that of the other participants, was warm and encouraging, and worked to recognize the best in our work and build our confidence. The pieces I wrote during this weekend are some of the writing I feel proudest of. I’ve come out with a stronger understanding of structure and construction of character and desire in a small space, and am feeling so inspired to continue to apply what I’ve learned to future projects.

-Wendy Wallace