Windows, Peepholes, Portals: An Intro to Flash Fiction (with Carolyn Zaikowski) - ONLINE
Flash fiction is a very short story—perhaps a couple of pages, perhaps one sentence! Together, we’ll explore how flash offers readers strange and poignant little windows, peepholes, and portals into worlds, lives, themes, and scenes. We’ll play with the art of creating such glimpses, with their high level of attention to the beauty and dynamism of words and story-containers; we’ll also see flash’s poetic and experimental sides. We’ll discuss examples from writers like Lydia Davis, SB Divya, Sejal Shah, Jamaica Kincaid, and more. All meetings will also involve generative in-class writing sessions, followed by informal sharing in small and large groups in the spirit of encouragement and positivity. This course is perfect for beginner and intermediate fiction storytellers who crave an introduction to this multifaceted form. Writers will leave with up to five flash drafts and the basic tools to continue exploring. Occasional at-home reading and writing will be up to one hour per week. Limited to 10 writers.
• This is great for beginners, but also for intermediate fiction writers who've never done flash
• Sharing and feedback will be informal in small or large groups, will take place weekly, and will not be formal, intensive workshopping
• At-home reading and writing will not go over one hour per week
• There will be brief readings sent for the first class which shouldn't take more than 20-30 minutes
WHEN: 6 Weeks: Mondays, November 7 - December 12 (6 - 8pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
CAROLYN ZAIKOWSKI is is the author of two hybrid novels. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely, in publications such as The Washington Post, The Rumpus, PANK, West Branch, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is currently an English professor and volunteer death doula.
GOALS OF THIS WORKSHOP
• Building up a wide variety of flash fiction craft tools, from the narrative to the poetic and experimental, via studying foundational methods
• Experimenting playfully with the various approaches to flash fiction, toward the goal of having several drafts to take beyond the course
• Fostering an open-ended, curious mindset about flash concepts, while gently pushing our comfort zones as writers
• Informally sharing of drafts or excerpts written in class, in the spirit of encouragement from a community of like-minded writers
Each week will include in-class discussions, prompt-driven in-class writing sessions of up to a half hour, short at-home readings, and on-the-spot feedback on our new work, in small or large groups. Weekly topics will loosely break down as follows, though many overlap:
WEEK ONE: WHAT THE HECK IS FLASH?
We’ll take our first jump into the big question of what flash is, then dip our toes in with some fun in-class writing.
WEEK TWO: NARRATIVE FLASH
We’ll define the concept of narrative and begin an exploration into how basic elements of fiction like setting, character, and scene might play out in flash.
WEEK THREE: ALAS, MORE NARRATIVE FLASH
We’ll have a deeper look at concepts within flash narrative and methods for approaching them.
WEEK FOUR: PROSE POETRY-FLASH FICTION CONTINUUMS
We’ll see how flash lends itself to an overlap with methods that are often associated with prose poetry.
WEEK FIVE: PECULIAR CONTAINERS
We’ll examine some fun and unusual prose structures like those found in epistolary or experimental stories.
WEEK SIX: A FLASH FAREWELL
We’ll wrap up the little world we’ve created in our class together and brainstorm our personal intentions for moving forward.
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