Writing Workshops

Tommy Dean lives in Indiana with his wife and two children. He is the author of a flash fiction chapbook entitled Special Like the People on TV from Redbird Chapbooks. 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 Gotham 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.

April 21, 2022, 100 Word Story Zoom Generative Class

Cost: Pay what you want/can

From 10:30 am-12:00 pm 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!

April 22, 2022, 100 Word Story Zoom Generative Class

Cost: Pay what you want/can

From 3-4:30 pm 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!

April 28, 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.