Writing flash fiction: a taster

Course Dates: 28/01/23 - 29/01/23
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
Location: Online
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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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Course Code: HW372

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

Duration: 2 sessions

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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.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

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?

Lucy Popescu

Lucy Popescu is a writer, editor and arts critic. She has published two anthologies about refugee experiences, A Country of Refuge (2016) and A Country to Call Home (2018) and is the author of The Good Tourist (2008). Lucy is chair of the Authors’ Club and its Best First Novel Award. She reviews books for The Observer, FT and TLS, among other publications, has a regular column in the Literary Review and is theatre editor at Camden New Journal. Lucy has taught creative writing for over ten years, is a writing mentor at Freedom for Torture and also curates literary events. Before that, she worked with the English Centre of PEN.

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.