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? We’ll begin our exploration by looking at the one-sentence story and warming up with several short, fun exercises. The day will include mini-craft lectures, handouts, group discussion, lots of writing prompts and time to write, as well as a look at a number of masterful flash fictions in their entirety in order to investigate the strategies they use. 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 three drafts of their own flash pieces. Open to writers of all levels and genres.
About the Instructor:
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 her flash fiction and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, The Iowa Review, American Short Fiction, TriQuarterly, New Ohio Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She's the recipient of grants and scholarships from The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Yaddo, The Vermont Studio Center, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Speculative Literature Foundation, and Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She's been recognized by numerous contests and awards, including the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Honorable Mention) and the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. In addition to her role at PVWW, she teaches writing at Grub Street and serves as Associate Fiction Editor at Bucknell University's literary magazine, 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: Saturday December 7(10am - 5pm)
WHERE: Commons Coworking, in Williamsburg MA
Refund & Credit Policy at PVWW
Because of non-refundable fees that we, PVWW, must pay for every transaction that happens, we are no longer able to give full refunds to those who register then withdraw from a workshop or class. If you withdraw from a workshop ten days or more before the start of the class, you'll receive full credit toward another workshop or class of equal value OR a refund minus 20% of the original fee. If you withdraw nine days before the start of the class up until the day before, you'll receive credit toward another class OR a refund minus 30%. If the class is canceled by PVWW for any reason, we will notify you and you will receive a full refund or, if you choose, credit in the amount of your payment toward another future PVWW class. Anyone who does not specify whether they would like a refund or credit within three months will automatically receive credit and will no longer be eligible for a refund. In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund, minus our payment system's non-refundable fees. We handle these requests on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Joy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for this. You must make your request within the given season in which the class transpired.