Focus on Flash Fiction
July 7, 09:30-15:15
Everyone has time to read flash fiction. That’s one of the reasons why it’s become such a popular genre.
What value is there to distilling whole stories into narratives under 1,000 words, down to even 6 words? We read fiction to build empathy, to explore new realities, to escape, Can you do that in so few words? Yes, you can.
Flash is ideal for our modern short attention spans (though there’s nothing really new about it). The 21st-century reader has made flash fiction "in-demand" fiction. It’s ideal for our screens: tablets, smartphones, netbooks, and laptops. Reading a whole story on a single screen is an aesthetic experience and, best of all, it’s an increasingly sought after genre offered by small presses. There’s even a National Flash Fiction Day on, you guessed it, the shortest day of the year (May 16 in the southern hemisphere). So don't miss out. Join the micro, sudden, short-shorts train that doubles as an ideal way to break into publishing.
Start Writing Flash Fiction
Come as you are, with a fifth version of a piece you’ve been working on since your high school graduation or as a writer who has never heard of flash until you saw this advertisement and rushed to sign up. Once we’ve defined flash fiction, we’ll take you all the way from idea to premise to micro flash, threading imagery all the way through, so that your flash stands out above the rest. Along the way, we’ll talk about how to make your piece meaningful to you and to the reader, so that you have the best chance of publication.
Revision, Editing and Submission
The real writing is in the revision, and many writers stumble on endings, especially in flash. You don’t want your piece to come off as an extended joke, an anecdote or a vignette, so we’ll discuss the endings that specifically work for this genre. We’ll learn about the "less is more" variety of editing and discuss how to pinpoint your submissions, why bother with contests, and the reasons why you should seek out anthologies and even radio to take your writing career up a level.
Gila Green moved to Israel from Ottawa, Canada in 1994. Her first novel, King of the Class, was released by independent literary press NON Publishing, Vancouver (April 2013). Gila's short stories and articles have appeared in dozens of literary magazines in the USA, Canada, Australia, Israel, Ireland and Hong Kong including Fiction Magazine, The Saranac Review, Many Mountains Moving, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, The Mom Egg Anthology, The Dalhousie Review, Noir Nation, South Circular, Boston Literary Review and others. Her collection, White Zion, was a finalist for the Doris Bakwin Literary Award (Carolina Wren Press) and her work has been short-listed for WordSmitten's TenTen Fiction Contest, twice for the Walrus Literary Award, and twice for the Eric Hoffer Best New Writing Award. She has received fellowships to the Summer Literary Seminars Program (Montreal) and has two novels under agent submission with the Rights Factory Literary Agency in Toronto. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bar Ilan University and an undergraduate Journalism and English literature degree (Canada). Gila has taught hundreds of writers from five countries in person and virtually. Visit www.gilagreenwrites.com.
Minimum/maximum number of participants: 6/14
Cost: 400 NIS
Location: Talbiya, Jerusalem (More information available upon registration.)
Timing: Doors open 09:00 for prompt 09:30 start. There will be a 45-minute break for lunch (BYO).
Registration: Sign up below and we will be in touch. Payment can be made via bank transfer, check/cheque or cash delivered prior to the seminar.
Cancellation policy: If you cancel less than one week before the seminar and your place cannot be filled, you will be asked to cover the total cost of the seminar.