Fast Fiction, The 1st Writing Guide for flash, micro and short shorts as well as writing longer works using prompts. Available on Amazon in English & in a German Edition.

Roberta Allen

The Playful Way to Serious Writing, Houghton Mifflon, available on


The Playful Way to Knowing Yourself, Houghton Mifflin Available on Amazon 


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1-on-1 Creative Writing Workshops and Coaching
on Zoom
For Beginning, Experienced and Returning Writers

If you want to make your work better, begin writing for the first time, or return to writing, I can help you write flash/micro stories, short shorts, short stories, memoirs, novels and other long prose, including experimental prose. Using my unique methods, I will guide you through the process and give advice, critiques and inspiration. The methods I developed have worked for thousands of people through my writing guides and workshops.


If you're a beginner, at the first 1-hour session, I will acquaint you with my methods and start you off with exercises. At each subsequent 1-hour class, we concentrate on revision and learning the fundamentals.

If you're a returning or experienced writer, you will need to send a 1-page writing sample before your first 1-hour class. You may begin or continue a project in a 5-session course of 1-hour classes. You may bring work to the first session or we can do exercises and plan your next sessions, depending on your needs. At each subsequent 1-hour class in a 5-session course, we will focus on revision and honing your craft with an emphasis on language, structure and rhythm.

All work is read aloud on Zoom. You may be in NYC or anywhere in the country.

Take a discounted 1-hour class for $80 to see if we're

a match.

Five 1-hour classes $450. All classes are paid in advance.

​Roberta's nine books include a novel, a novella, three flash/micro and short story collections, a memoir and 3 writing books. Over 300 of her micro + short stories have been published. She taught at The New School for many years and in the Writing Program at Columbia. Since 1991, Roberta

has helped thousands through her writing books and workshops.




"Roberta has been an enormous help and inspiration on my novel writing journey. She has helped me make a clear and concise outline so for the 1st time I see the trajectory of the plot. As we work line by line on individual chapters, she is sensitive to the rhythm of the language as it appears in narrative, description and dialogue. Within each scene, she helps me further the plot and development of the characters. It is a pleasure and a privilege to have Roberta as an instructor."

--Stephanie Hart, author of Mirror Mirror, a collection of Memoirs and Stories


"You have inspired me beyond words! I will have two stories

included in the upcoming micro fiction anthology from W.W. Norton. My dream. Thought you should know as you started me on this journey". 


--Francine Witte, Author of The Way of the Wind, flash novella, and Dressed All Wrong for This, flash fiction and other books.


"Roberta really tunes in to each writer and almost by osmosis knows what each one wants to say even before the writer does.I actually got the stories from that Intensive revised + published! I was so happy with the Intensive that I joined the longer prose workshop and am now writing a memoir in micro stories.”


--Susan Shaw, Artist & writer


"What you taught me over the years was invaluable. Your encouragement and guidance motivated me to keep writing." 


--Larry Silberfein, Creative Director & published writer


"Roberta's insightful critiques as well as the insightful feedback of the writers and students she attracts, have greatly improved my writing."


--Paul Wirhun, Artist



"I never thought I had the talent to write until I had Roberta’s guidance and support.”​


--Lisa Grossman, Life Coach, Writer


"Roberta helped me push through writer's block and tell the stories I wanted to tell. Her classes were invaluable."


--Will Ryman, Artist


"Roberta's simple techniques and exercises quiet the mind allowing the writer to focus on fresh work. Her workshop inspired me to write micro fictions, a genre I had been attempting. I came away with ten micro fictions and a new confidence in the freshness of immediacy."

-Judyth Emanuel, author of the novel, Yeh Hell Ow

"You are always insightful and most perceptive commenting on all students' work, which gives me the confidence to explore without fear."


--Marilise Trotto, Actor


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