Keep It Short: Writing Microfiction
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.
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