START DATE: Monday, January 7, 2019
END DATE: Sunday, February 3, 2019
DURATION: 4 weeks
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Everyone has time to read Flash fiction. That’s one of the reasons why it’s become such a popular genre. Distilling whole stories into narratives under 1,000 words. Why bother? We read fiction to build empathy, to explore new realities, to escape, to be entertained and since you can’t do any of that in such a short time, Flash has little value, right? Wrong. Flash is ideal for our modern short attention spans (though there’s nothing really new about it). The 21st century reader has made Flash fiction In-Demand Fiction. It’s ideal for our screens: tablets, smartphones, netbooks, laptops. Reading a whole story on a single screen is an aesthetic experience and best of all, it’s an increasingly sought after genre offered by small presses. There’s even a National Flash Fiction Day on, you guessed it, the shortest day of the year (May 16 in the southern hemisphere). So don’t miss out. Join the micro, sudden, short-shorts train that doubles as an ideal way to break into publishing.
In this course, we will use short readings and instructor critiques to teach participants how to craft story ideas into flash fiction. We focus on carving your work down to its essence, while still conveying meaning through the successful interplay between character, conflict, and theme.
- To complete at least one publishable flash piece.
- To sharpen your editing & critiquing skills.
- To increase your confidence as a writer through understanding the basic components of a flash fiction piece.
- To add depth to your flash fiction through literary devices.
- To broaden your knowledge of publication opportunities for flash fiction.
I placed 3rd in the WOW Spring 2013 Flash Fiction contest! I was so amazed and thrilled. 'Mercy' is the story I submitted in our Flash class. Your class was a great experience for me. Did I tell you that [classmate] and I are still sharing stories? We met in your class and now we are writing buddies on line." ~ Clare Ostrander
This course has been superior so far. I can't thank you enough for your keen attention to detail and piercing critiques. A great learning experience! Also, thanks for your summary, “How Not to Write flash.” I see it covers most of the mistakes I’ve been making—so an invaluable guide. A great course, and I appreciate that you made it available to me over email. You’re the best, Gila—may you thrive in your writing, editing, and teaching. ~ Tom Allan
My first flash piece, Bar Rag, was published by The Legendary (an online literary journal). Less than a year after taking your course, not bad. ;) Just wanted to say thanks again; your class helped me get started with flash, and now I’m on my way. ~ Joyce Barton
I have enjoyed this class and plan to rework my flash fiction and then look for an outlet to get at least one published. ~ Marion Cason
WEEKS AT A GLANCE:
What is flash fiction? Is it very short story writing or a branch of poetry? In-class assignment: Generate ideas for flash fiction pieces.
Refine your premise; the route to great flash is to cling to your focus. In-class assignment: Write a premise and then write a micro-flash (100-200 words) based on this premise.
Imagery: can’t flash without it. In-class assignment: write a thread of imagery that weaves through a micro-flash.
Allusion deepens your flash without extending your word count. In-class assignment: Use double entendre in a micro-flash piece.
Editing for impact with a focus on diction and dialogue. In-class assignment: Edit your favorite past micro-flash piece and extend it, paying close attention to word choice and dialogue. From now until the end of the course, you should be working with a full flash piece.
Editing for impact with a focus on pace. In-class assignment: Edit your full flash paying close attention to pace.
Endings. Why are successful (read: publishable) flash endings different from other genres? Final edits.
Publication. Publishing ideas for flash fiction.
Materials needed: All written materials in the form of lectures, ebooks, story links, etc. are provided by the instructor.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Canadian Gila Green is an Israeli-based writer and editor. She is the author of Passport Control (S&H Publishing), and a novel-in-stories, White Zion (Cervena Barva Press, April 2019). Her first novel is King of the Class. She is working on an eco-young adult series for release September 2019 with an independent eco press in Australia. Gila has published dozens of short stories in literary magazines. Please visit: www.gilagreenwrites.com
COST: $150, which includes e-mail support and feedback from your instructor, weekly assignments and critiques. Skype & Skype chat if you choose that option.
Flash Fiction Workshop, by Gila Green (4 weeks, starting 1/7/2019)
Limit: 8-10 students.
Early registration is recommended.