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.
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: Saturday June 1 (10am - 5pm)
WHERE: Commons Coworking, in Williamsburg MA