July 24 - 30 

In this writing course, we will practice the art of writing very briefly - no matter what genre you write in. Anything can be a story if you want it to be - sometimes even a single sentence. We will become familiar with the literary genre of flash fiction as well as other forms of narrative short form fiction. Your writing will be the focus of the course as we explore the mechanics of storytelling. The purpose of the course is to get you to write without thinking too much and for you to discover a playful side of writing that allows for experimentation, impulse and lightness. We will draw inspiration from the beautiful surroundings at the Nordic Folk High School, from readings, creative limitations and observational exercises. At the end of the course, we will carry out a (voluntary) group reading at the Nordic Light Festival weekend.

Structure: The course will be structured around writing prompts and exercises to get you to start writing. We will read examples of short-form fiction to study the potential of this format and to familiarize ourselves with how to talk about writing. You will share your work with the class and you will leave the course with your own personal collection of texts. There will be an opportunity for a one-to-one session with the teacher as well as a public reading.

Previous knowledge: This course is for anyone curious about discovering a new literary format, experimenting with tone and genre, learning new writing tools, or just having fun writing! It doesn't matter if you have written a little or a lot, but you must be prepared to challenge yourself and share your work with the group.

Bring: Bring a laptop, pen and paper. Some exercises require you to write by hand. You cannot type on your phone for this course.

Date: 24 - 30 July (7 days)

Language: The course is given in English, but you can write in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English.


Course fee single course- SEK 550 (low-income earners SEK 350)

Course package - SEK 850 (low-income earners SEK 550)

*If you are a student, job seeker or other low-income earner, use the code NL23 when you book

Course leader: Randi Lindholm Hansen (DK)

Randi is a Danish script and prose writer. Her work shows a strange fascination with everyday, human inadequacy and the dead nature of existence itself. Examining the world through a microcosmic lens, she celebrates the poetry of unlikely connection, the intimate and the peculiar. Randi insists on the small and insignificant, that's where the poignant stories lie. As a reaction to long development processes in the film industry, Randi turns to short fiction as a welcome distraction. As in screenplays, short form fiction is about telling stories in as few words as possible.