2020 Write-a-thon Flash Fiction Critique Groups


6 Weeks: June 21 – July 31, 2020

Want to get more out of your Write-a-thon? Want to take your writing to the next level?

Sign up for our flash fiction critique groups. 

The goal: write a new flash fiction story every week, receive critiques on your stories, and learn to critique others’ writing. You’ll be randomly assigned to a group of no more than 8 writers, and you’ll exchange stories with your group every week.

Due to anticipated interest in classes and critique groups, registration will be by random number lottery. To participate in the lottery, registered participants will have access to the forms from Monday, June 15-Wednesday, June 17. The lottery form will be closing at 12pm on June 17. For those who’ve already registered, but haven’t been processed yet, or who register before the pause tomorrow, don’t worry! We will extend your lottery sign-up and send you an email as soon as we have your account ready to go. 

Upon notification, you will be placed in a group of up to 8 other writers in a private Slack Channel.

Participants will: 

  • Write a new flash fiction story every week
  • Critique 3–7 other stories every week
  • Be self moderated and follow critique and discussion guidelines

Writing prompts offered by our instructors will be posted at 6:00pm on Saturday nights for the six consecutive weekends of the Write-a-thon — June 20, June 27, July 4, July 11, July 18, and July 25. You’ll have until 9:00pm on the following Thursday to submit your flash fiction piece of 1,500 words or fewer. You’ll also turn in critiques for your group members’ works by 9:00pm the following Wednesday. (All times in Pacific Daylight Time.)

Participants in our flash fiction critique groups can also enter their stories into a lottery to receive a special critique from a Clarion West instructor!

What’s the time commitment? Here is a sample schedule:

Week 1 with Andy Duncan (June 20-June 26):

Saturday, June 20:
Andy’s story prompt & critique advice will be sent to your group in Slack
Monday, June 22:
Craft talk video with Andy Duncan — provided in the Write-a-thon Slack
Tuesday, June 23:
Live reading/interview with Andy Duncan and Q&A
Wednesday, June 24:
No critiques due this week, but your critique of the other stories in your group will be due every following Wednesday by 9:00 PM
Thursday, June 25:
Your first story submission due by 9:00 PM
Friday, June 26:
Lottery selection for critique of your story from Andy Duncan.

You must have submitted a flash story, meeting the story criteria of 1,500 words or less, by 9:00 PM on Thursday evening for your story to qualify for the lottery that week. Participants are eligible for only one story to be selected for a lottery throughout the Write-a-thon. 

YOUR CRITIQUE COMMITMENT

By joining a critique group, you are agreeing to:

    • Participate for all six weeks
    • Submit only one story, of 1,500 words or less each week
    • Follow story and critique guidelines, included in your Slack Group
    • Read and follow our Code of Conduct
    • Adhere to our anti-harassment policy
    • Embrace diverse writers and stories and conduct yourself with kindness and respect for others
    • Do your best to submit on time and attend critiques prepared to give and receive feedback

The Clarion West Workshop Team reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to remove anyone from the critique group for not following our Code of Conduct or anti-harassment policies.