4-Week Introduction to Flash Fiction: Creating Tiny Universes (with Joy Baglio) - ONLINE
What is flash fiction, or flash memoir? Well, to start, it's super-short fiction (or memoir) that distills story down to its essence. Flash takes everything we love about compelling stories - the complexity, nuance, characters, themes, tension, stakes - and delivers it all in an impossibly short high-wire act that leaves us deeply affected and that resonates long after. But how do we go about writing, crafting, and editing down our stories into these sparkling fictional (or memoiristic) gems? To answer that, we'll delve each week into different key craft elements - including quality of detail, narrative time, beginnings, and endings, among others - and through short craft talks, example texts, discussion, and in-class writing exercises, we'll explore the flash form in all its versatility: what it is, how it differs from longer fiction, and how we can become savvy practitioners of the form, and have fun with it too! This workshop is a light-hearted-yet-rigorous introduction to the form of flash, with emphasis on generative writing and exploring new styles and structures. In addition to in-class writing, participants will receive an array of stimulating flash prompts each week, and there will be lots of opportunities to share written work in class for encouraging, verbal, on-the-spot feedback. All levels, but may be of particular relevance to those new to flash fiction/memoir. Limited to 10 writers.
WHEN: Wednesdays, March 24 - April 14 (6 - 8pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
JOY BAGLIO founded Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop in 2016, after moving to Northampton MA. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She's the recipient fellowships, scholarships, and grants from Yaddo, The Elizabeth George Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Vermont Studio Center, The Speculative Literature Foundation, and Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and her writing has been recognized by numerous contests and awards, including the Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest (Honorable Mention) and the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions.
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REFUND & CREDIT POLICIES AT PVWW
Because of non-refundable fees that we, PVWW, must pay for every transaction that happens, we are not 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 10%. If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive full credit toward another class OR a refund minus 30%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We are not able to offer you credit toward another class or a partial refund, unless in the case of a medical emergency. If we have to cancel a class for any reason, you will receive a full refund, or if you choose, a credit in the amount of your payment, to be used for any future PVWW class. Anyone who does not specify whether they would like a refund or a credit for a cancelled class within 3 months will automatically be refunded. Please contact Joy (email@example.com) for all matters concerning credit and refunds.