Creating Tiny Universes: 4-Week Flash Fiction Intensive (with Joy Baglio) - ONLINE
Have you ever told a story to a group of people and had the whole room silent, waiting to see how it would end? You might be a natural at flash fiction, super-short fiction that has no time or patience for the long-windedness of other forms, that distills story down to its essence, and taps into our instincts as natural - and brief - storytellers. 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 cutting our stories into these sparkling fictional (or memoiristic) gems?
Each week, we will highlight a different key element in the creation of flash fiction, and through short craft talks, example texts, discussion, and generative 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. In particular, we'll look at the art of merciless editing and what to cut first; how to make every word earn it's place and do the required work; and how to convey character, setting, tension, and the other elements of narrative in quick brushstrokes.
Students should be prepared to write a short piece in response to a prompt every week, and be ready to post and share this with the group.
Limited to 10 writers.
JOY BAGLIO founded Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop in 2016. Her fiction has appeared widely, in such literary magazines as Tin House, The Iowa Review, American Short Fiction, and others. She holds an MFA from The New School and has received fellowships and grants from Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Speculative Literature Foundation, and MVICW. Her short fiction has been recognized by numerous contests and awards, including Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions and Ploughshare's Emerging Writer's Contest. She's a former associate fiction editor at West Branch.
WHEN: Saturdays, August 8 - 29 (6 - 8pm EST)
Where: Online, via Zoom video conference
ONLINE SESSIONS happen remotely, via Zoom video conference. All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with functioning audio and a webcam. Those who RSVP receive directions and a link to "join" the session via email. All online instructors will log on to the video conference 20 minutes before the start of the session, to help anyone with technical issues, so please plan to log on early if you'd like assistance! We'll do everything in our power to help you get comfortable with this new format, though when the session begins, we will not be able to assist with technical difficulties.
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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 20%. 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 class or after the class has begun: We are not able to offer you credit toward another class or a partial refund. 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 receive a credit and will no longer be eligible for a refund after that that time frame. In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund, in partial or in full. We handle these requests on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Joy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for all matters concerning credit and refunds. You must make your request within the given season in which the class transpired. Credits cannot be converted into refunds.