NYWW Micro-constructions: The Art of Writing Flash Fiction
In this online workshop, new writers of flash fiction will get acquainted with the techniques and characteristics of this very particular genre of the short short story, while seasoned writers will construct multiple flash stories brick by brick. According to Raymond Carver, famous representative of minimalism, 'John Gardner said don't use twenty-five words to say what you can say in fifteen... and Gordon Lish believed that if you could say it in five words, instead of fifteen, use five.' And this idea is what lies in the heart of flash fiction and the stories we are going to write. From the origin and the elements of a flash story to the practice exercises and the feedback the participants will receive, each writer will be able to work together with the instructor to weave innovative ideas into just a few words. At the end of the seminar, all flash stories will be considered for inclusion into a special bilingual folder, English and Greek, in the Bonsai Stories literary e-zine.
Six ninety-minute sessions, each beginning with craft talk, followed by a close reading of one or two pieces of flash, an exercise, then critique from participants but primarily the instructor.
Mon May 24, Mon May 31, Mon June 7, Mon June 14, Mon June 21, Mon Jun 28
Note: all sessions are synchronous, live on Zoom (12 noon EST/5:00 PM GMT/7:00 PM EET).
Vasilis Manousakis is a short-story writer, poet and translator, whose work has appeared in New American Writing, Hayden's Ferry Review, Barcelona Ink, Parentheses and Drunken Boat among others. He writes reviews and translates poetry and short stories for literary magazines and e-zines. He is a-co-founder of Bonsai Stories (Planodion) dedicated to Flash Fiction from writers from Greece, the US, and elsewhere. These flash stories have been collected in two printed volumes so far and a special tribute to 9/11 stories has appeared in a third volume, for which Dr Manousakis served on the editorial committee.
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