Microfiction is very short fiction, shorter even than flash. You encounter it when you read a story contained in a single tweet, when you write a six-word story, when you see calls for stories that could fit on the back of a postcard.

How do you write a complete story with so few words?  Students will receive a prompt in advance and instructions to brainstorm ideas, but all writing will take place during class time. The workshop will include three writing sprints, each fifteen minutes. 

Everyone will write a story of no more than 250 words. Then they’ll have a chance to expand that story while staying under 750 words. Finally, during the last sprint, they can expand the story to 1,000 words. The takeaway reveals how a story changes at different lengths, and that longer isn’t necessarily better, just different. We will also go over terms, tricks, and techniques, as well as markets for microfiction.


This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $55 fee.

Unless otherwise stated, all times listed are US Pacific Time.

We offer a limited number of scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at workshop@clarionwest.org with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and/or need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

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Clarion West will refund all class fees if the request is made 30 days prior to the class date. Refund requests made within 30 days of the class will be honored if we can fill the seat. Any exceptions are subject to approval by our workshop staff.