Flash fiction

Course Dates: 28/01/23 - 29/01/23
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
Flash fiction is the art of telling small stories that make a big impact. Learn how to harness the power of economy in this practical short course. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00

Course Code: HW372

Sat-Sun, day, 28 Jan - 29 Jan '23

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

Can you master the art of extreme brevity? The challenge of flash and micro fiction is to tell a complete story in which every word is absolutely essential. This course will help you to generate ideas for flash fiction, and teach you to peel away the frills and lace until you've reached the hard, clean-scraped core of a story.

Please note: both sessions of this course will have a 2-hr lunch break.

Students like: "the suggestions and tools given to approach writing microfiction in different ways"; "the in-class wrtiting exercises"; "getting and giving feedback on our own stories in a group"; "developing skills and gaining confidence."

City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Creative exercises will encourage you to unlock your imagination and generate ideas for flash fiction
- Issues of technique including plot, structure, point of view and character will be addressed
- You'll learn how to compress your writing and shape your stories to deliver the maximum impact
- You'll benefit from constructive criticism as you begin to revise your work.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify the essential components of flash fiction
- Write a story with a clear beginning, a strong centrepiece, and a definitive ending; a story that makes its point and drives it home
- Provide insightful feedback on the work of colleagues
- Feel confident as you continue to experiment with flash fiction.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an intermediate course for those with some experience of creative writing. Fluent written and spoken English is essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

In-class exercises including writing games, free-writing and experimental techniques for idea generation; small group discussion; tutor-led discussion.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a pen and paper.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can choose to continue your small fiction journey in Short story writing, Writing fiction, and Reading for writers: the short story. If you want to experiment with longer-form, why not try Starting your novel?

Maria Thomas

Maria Thomas is an award-winning writer of short fiction. She has taught writing at the University of Virginia, and as a Promising Scholar and Margaret McBride Lerhman Fellow at the University of Oregon where she studied for her MFA in Fiction. She is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she researches creative writing pedagogy and working on a novel. Maria sits on the editorial board of acclaimed literary journal, Short Fiction.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.