Creating Tiny Universes: Flash Fiction Intensive (with Joy Baglio)
This workshop will explore techniques for writing crisp, lean, and publishable flash fiction as well as examine all aspects of the form: What does it offer readers (and writers) that the satisfaction of longer narrative may not? What structural techniques does flash use to evoke character, conflict, place, and resolution in so few words, while often packing such a strong punch? How do we build narrative arcs from beginning to end in such small spaces? How do form and content work seamlessly towards the same goal? This workshop meets on two separate Saturdays, with a week in between classes. The first meeting will be focused on these questions, understanding the form through looking at a number of masterful flash fictions in their entirety in order to investigate the strategies they use, as well as generating a handful of pieces based on a variety of exercises. The second meeting will give writers an opportunity to workshop a piece with the group, as well as focus on revision - the merciless art of editing our flash stories down to their barest, most powerful essentials. We'll also touch on the the submissions process, publication, and next steps. Participants will leave with an in-depth understanding of what makes a flash story successful, a knowledge of publishing and contest opportunities specific to flash, a packet the size of a small phonebook, as well as a number of drafts of their own flash pieces. Open to writers of all levels and genres, including those who have taken shorter versions of this workshop.
JOY BAGLIO founded Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop in 2016, shortly after moving to Northampton MA from NYC. She holds an MFA from The New School and a BFA from Bard College. Her short fiction has appeared recently in Tin House, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New Ohio Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She's the recipient of grants and scholarships from Bread Loaf, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and the Speculative Literature Foundation, and has been recognized by the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Honorable Mention), The American Short(er) Fiction Contest (finalist), the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions of 2017, and numerous other contests. In addition to her role at PVWW, she teaches writing at Grub Street and serves as Associate Fiction Editor at West Branch. She's currently at work on both a collection of short stories and her first novel. Follow her on twitter at @JoyBaglio or visit her online at www.joybaglio.com.
WHEN: 2 Saturdays, June 1 & 8 (10am - 5pm)
WHERE: Commons Coworking, in Williamsburg MA