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Jenny Pritchett: Flash Fiction: When Less Is More

jennypritchett5 Saturdays, Feb. 27-March 26, 10:30 a.m to 1 p.m   Berkeley
$215 members/$245 others   Cancellation/Refund Policy
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Class Cancelled

You’ve heard it called plenty of things: flash fiction, micro-fiction, the short-short story, prose poems. But what is this delicious, quirky art form, and how do you create it?

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Andy Touhy: Tiny Kingdoms – Writing and Publishing the VERY Short Story

1 Saturday, January 21, 10am-4pm
$130 members/$145 non-members  
Testimonials for Andy

Big things can come in small packages—their own perfect beauty tied to their size. The short short story—also known as “flash fiction,” “suddens,” “nouvelles” (in France), “pocket-size stories,” and “the smokelong” (the time it takes to smoke a cigarette)—is literary proof that great fiction can come in a small package.

A tale told quickly offers pleasure long after its telling, perhaps because the form sits on so many thresholds, or because brevity and urgency demand study. In this workshop, says Andy Touhy, “You’ll get a taste of this quicksilver genre by closely reading a variety of short shorts for inspiration, as well as to understand how they operate, all with an eye toward approaches that suit your writing style, mind, and personality. You’ll also, through a series of generative exercises, try your hand at multiple versions of the form. We’ll discuss these together, exchange feedback, then reopen the conversation.”

Finally, this class will take a look at the many places these microfictions are being published now, in print and online, and at strategies for submitting and placing them.

“A word about my approach: I’m craft obsessed, fancy myself a prose stylist, and always seek the happy marriage of story and linguistic event through inspiration (lust) and revision (tough love).”

By the end of the class, everyone will come away with a Tiny Kingdom or two of their own, to polish up and send out.

Andrew R. Touhy, a recipient of the San Francisco Browning Society’s Dramatic Monologue Award and Fourteen Hills‘ Bambi Holmes Fiction Prize, is also a nominee for inclusion in Best American Voices. His work appears in Alaska Quarterly Review, New England Review, Conjunctions, New American Writing, The Collagist, New Orleans Review, Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, and other literary journals. He lives in Oakland with his wife and child.

Flash Fiction – When Less is More!

JoshMohrOne Saturday, 10 a.m-4  p.m.  San Francisco
$95 members/$110 others (this class is not currently scheduled)

“No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.”Isaac Babel

Flash fiction is an exciting and nuanced genre full of opportunities and surprises.  The stories, though diminutive in length, must still contain all the elements of narrative construction.  How does a writer compress plot and characterization into a few hundred words?  Is it possible to elicit an emotional response in a reader in merely two or three pages?

“Every writer should be concerned about economy, should deliberate over word choice,” says instructor Josh Mohr.  “Whether a short story writer or novelist, we should be scrutinizing every clause, making sure each syllable earns its space.  In a sense, flash is the perfect genre to hone revision techniques.

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