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Generative Flash Fiction with Andrew Porter
August 1, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT$145
Tuesdays, Aug 1 & 8, 6:30-8:30pm CST, Hybrid (via Zoom and in-person at Gemini Ink)
Instructor: Andrew Porter
Nonmember: $145; Member: $125; Student/Vet/Mil $75
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Quick consumption–that is how today’s audiences engage with all forms of media and entertainment. This makes flash fiction an ideal form for readers who want to go on a short but thrilling ride in less than 1,500 words. But how does a writer tell a potent and satisfactory story in such a short form?
In this introductory workshop, participants will study different types of flash fiction, discuss effective strategies for working within the constraints of this form, and complete in-class writing prompts with the goal of developing these exercises into more polished flash pieces. Finally, for those interested in sharing, time will be set aside during the second class for students to share their flash-in-progress with the group.
Students will leave this workshop with the following:
- An understanding of the fundamentals of flash fiction
- Strategies for generating successful flash fiction
- A first-draft flash fiction piece
ANDREW PORTER is the acclaimed, award-winning author of the story collections The Disappeared (Knopf 2023) and The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage), and the novel In Between Days (Knopf). An Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate, he has received a Pushcart Prize, a James Michener/Copernicus Fellowship, and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. His work has appeared in One Story, The Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, Narrative, The Southern Review, and on Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. Currently, he teaches fiction writing and directs the creative writing program at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
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