Into the Flash

North Carolina, United States

Year Round


TUITION / COST:Early bird $330 | Bird price is $385 | add on Private Critique $75 for 2 flashes
SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: Katey Schultz

An online, live, 5-week exploration of flash form writing celebrating creativity, observation, metaphor & mindfulness.

Welcome to the amazing literary genre of short-form writing (also known as flash). Flash is a genre marked by concision, clarity, and impact. The stories can only be 250-750 words (1,000 max). There’s no time for tremendous backstory and there’s no need. These are stories that begin immediately, featuring characters outsized by their circumstances or snapshot memories from your own experiences, caught in a moment where there’s no choice but to react and change. Writing flash will hone your craft like no other, bringing precision to your writing and expanding your relationship with the imagination. The form will serve as a training ground for slipping into the skins of your characters and your memories, mastering scene, celebrating compression, and uplifting metaphor. Flash form writing will also bring more empathy and heart to your work. All Maximum Impact offerings may qualify for professional development or continuing education credits. Please consult your departmental policies for funding, or reach out to Maximum Impact Director Katey Schultz, for details. Three livestream group webinars enhance this online course experience, giving it the feel of a conference without the travel or strain of being away from work and home.


Featured Writers Include:

Katey Schultz


Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Online Web-based
North Carolina, United States

Maximum Impact

Maximum Impact provides transformative online curricula and tools for the creative writing process. Our offerings help writers and artists articulate precise language and authentic meaning in their work, so that they feel understood by the greater literary and arts communities. Through Maximum Impact's proven, attentive mentorship approach, clients find deep focus, gentle accountability, and ultimately become their own best sources for inspiration. Some live quietly, pursuing projects for personal fulfillment. Others prefer a public sphere and go on to win awards, receive funding, and achieve maximum impact. All clients share a love of working with the imagination and believe that the right word in the right context can change a life.

Katey Schultz, Director of Maximum Impact, holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University, and is the author of "Flashes of War", which the "Daily Beast" praised as an “ambitious and fearless” collection, and "Still Come Home", a novel, both published by Loyola University Maryland. Honors for her work include the Linda Flowers Literary Award, Doris Betts Fiction Prize, IndieFab Book of the Year, five Pushcart nominations, a nomination to Best American Short Stories, and writing fellowships in eight states. She lives in Celo, North Carolina, and is the founder of Maximum Impact, a transformative mentoring service for creative writers that has been recognized by both CNBC and the What Works Network. Learn more at