Date(s) - Tue 14th Nov, 2023
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Online, Moniack Mhor Hosting, via Zoom,
As part of Moniack Mhor’s 30th anniversary celebrations this year, we have launched a series of online masterclasses and workshops taught by respected writers and tutors, many of whom have long histories with Moniack Mhor. Whether you’re new to writing, polishing your umpteenth draft, or simply want to try a taster of a different style, form, or genre, we’re confident you’ll enjoy and be inspired by these focused shorter sessions. All hosted by Moniack Mhor on Zoom Pro.
Please note: Meg Pokrass’s 2-hour interactive workshop will run with a maximum of 16 participants.
Fiery Flash Fiction
Just as its name suggests, flash fiction, because of its diminutive word count, can be read in a flash. It is brief but weighty; a reduced form used to represent a larger, more complex story; punchy and innovative, tiny yet profound, it offers the reading a feeling of essential emotional truth. It is closer to poetry than a traditional short story in its form –every unnecessary word must be been carved out in the editing process. How do you create your own flash fiction stories that will stand out and shine?
How do writers create a feeling of dramatic urgency and emotional truth in such few words? This workshop will focus on what makes a flash story exceptional.
In this exercise-driven workshop, we’ll discuss the elements of a successful flash; including strong openings, development of conflict in a very short word count, the importance of sensory information, as well as ‘telling it your way’. We’ll look at the definable elements of memorable flash fiction. Inspired by models of effective flash fiction, there will be unique, no-pressure writing challenges designed to burst through creative barriers.
Meg Pokrass is the author of seven flash fiction collections and two novellas-in-flash. Her flash fiction has appeared in hundreds of international literary journals and has been included in numerous ‘best of’ anthologies of the form, including The Best Small Fictions 2023 and Flash Fiction America (W. W. Norton, 2023), New Micro (W. W. Norton, 2018) and Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton, 2015). She serves as Flash Challenge Creator and quarterly competiton judge for Mslexia and Founding Editor of the award-winning Best Microfiction anthology series.
£30. Spaces on this interactive workshop are restricted to 16 people. If this fee presents a barrier to your attendance please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request bursary support. Thank you.
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