Flash in the Pan: Stories Under 1000 Words with Shaun Kennedy

Ref: C2346423

Many times have I heard from students that writing novel-length stories comes naturally but the hefty workload behind it often prevents them from producing work on a regular basis. 'I'd love to create short pieces to send off to magazines or simply for that sense of achievement but short-form seems to alien to me'. Trust me, I understand the difficulty but I'm here to break down the creative process step-by-step and introduce the basics of writing 'Flash Fiction'; that is, stories under 1000 words. We will define what it is, briefly explore its origins, consider the current state of its surrounding industry and subculture, observe a variety of examples, revise the ways in which we might be more concise in our storytelling, and produce our own original flashfic with practice and sharing said works. This short course will feature lecture, discussion, examples, and exercises to educate ourselves on the art of rapid-fire storytelling that leaves readers happy yet hungry for more!

Course aim

This short course will aim to teach students the basics of writing Flash Fiction and provide an environment for them to practise and share their works.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Define 'Flash Fiction', its origins, and current industry
  • Identify processes and techniques used for concise storytelling
  • Observe and recall several examples of 'FlashFic'
  • Draft, produce, and share original 'FlashFic’

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Writing and drawing equipment

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Flash in the Pan: Stories Under 1000 Words with Shaun Kennedy

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