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“If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” - Blaise Pascal
How short can a story be? Consider Ernest Hemingway’s six-word classic: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. A tale told quickly can offer untold riches, which swell inside a reader long after the telling. "The question then,” says instructor Andy Touhy, “isn’t how short a story can be. But how deep can we make our sudden stories. For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
In this course we’ll look at ways to craft full, pleasing narratives in tight spaces, completing generative exercises that will help us find our own voice within the form. For inspiration and guidance, we’ll also closely read a variety of published flash, with an eye on length (roughly 150 to 3,000 words), mode, and overall effect. In addition to the above, the final weeks will culminate in a workshop of one or more pieces by participants. These may be works-in-progress (begun in advance of our meetings but influenced by our findings) or ones generated during our weekly explorations.
Andy says: “Writers of any genre are welcome, and everyone can expect to depart with a store of new flash material, if not a sudden story or two worth honing and marshaling into the world.”
Andy 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 New American Voices. In 2016 his story manuscript, The Secret of Mayo, was named the finalist for BOA Editions’ Short Fiction Prize. Work from the collection has appeared in journals such as Conjunctions, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, and The Collagist. He holds graduate degrees in literature and creative writing and has taught at SFSU, Academy of Art, and Ohio University. He lives in Oakland with his wife and child.
- Saturday, May 11, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Saturday, May 18, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Saturday, June 1, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Saturday, June 8, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Saturday, June 15, 10:30am-1:00pm
WOW, is he a great teacher!! He is so knowledgeable, articulate, thoughtful, and generous! I learned a ton and really enjoyed exploring the short fiction form with him. PLEASE PLEASE get him to teach more classes at the Writing Salon.
I felt Andy was one of the most approachable writing teachers I've ever had, not pretentious at all, and that helped set the tone for the class. I felt like all the participants were inspired and treated each person with respect when doing workshopping. Andy gave each person's writing equal attention and interest.