Holiday Emotions – A Flash Fiction Workshop(December 14th-19th)
Here’s a workshop to help us get through the holidays! Feeling rebellious? Wanna write about this crazily loaded time of year, filled with weirdness? The good news is that the holidays provide PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR WRITING GREAT STORIES! I’ll be creating unusual work-generative prompts. There will be peer and instructor feedback, gentle and encouraging (only). Cost, $80 USD (or equiv). If interested, you can enroll here.
Please let me know if you have enrolled, as Paypal names are often different!
Perhaps you’re a novelist between projects, or a poet who has always wanted to give flash fiction a try. Maybe you’re someone who hasn’t written for a bit and needs some inspiration. Or maybe you simply want to flash yourself right in to 2020… with gusto!
Flash Fiction is a fun and wonderful challenge. I’ll be creating new and unusual prompts that tend to feel more like games than exercises. You’ll be happily surprised by what can happen! If interested, or if giving this workshop as a Xmas gift, you can enroll here.
The workshop will be held in a dedicated Facebook group. Feedback writers will receive is gentle, helpful, and enthusiastic. It will help the writer to take the piece to the next step by emphasizing what works.
If you have purchased this workshop for a friend, please e-mail me, and let me know their names and contact info.
Here is the New Year’s gift for a creative friend you’ve been looking for! It’s 2020, and time to try your hand at flash fiction! Perhaps you’re a novelist between projects, or a poet who has always wanted to give flash fiction a try. Maybe you’re someone who hasn’t written for a bit and needs some inspiration. Flash Fiction is a fun and wonderful challenge. If you’ve been writing flash for awhile and need a boost, you’ll find that here as well! I’ll be creating new and unusual prompts that tend to feel more like games than exercises. You’ll be happily surprised by what can happen! Cost: $90 USD.if interested yourself, or if giving this workshop as a Xmas gift, you can enroll here.
Hybrid Novella Workshop – Exploration of Recurring Characters
November 30th – December 6th, 2019
Cost: $100 USD (or equivalent)
Start making use of recurring characters. This workshop will be a place where you can experiment with writing linked stories using characters who keep turning up in your fiction! Maybe it’s a family dog. Or a grandparent. But somehow, you keep writing about them. Before you embark on the big task of writing a flash novella, you will benefit mightily by exploration and experimentation. Highly work-generative, non-criical, non-academic.
About me: My second flash novella, “The Smell of Good Luck”, in flash is due out in 2020 from Flash: The International Short Story Press. My first novella-in-flash came out with the Rose Metal Press in 2014, in the anthology of 5 novellas, “My Very End of the Universe – Five Novellas in Flash and a Study of the Form”, which won a Gold IPPY Award.
With all of my workshops, they are highly work generative, first-draft oriented, non-critical, but GENTLY HELPFUL. This is what I find to be best with my own writing, and how I prefer to lead.
For more info, feel free to e-mail me.If you would like to enroll in a workshop, you can do so by paying for the course via Paypal. To pay for a class, click here. Please let me know if you have enrolled in a course, and which course you have enrolled in by e-mailing as well, right here. Paypal names are often different than writer names, so please identify yourself.
A Flash Fiction and Prose Poetry Workshop/Retreat to be held at William Wordsworth’s Historic Lake District Family Home, Rydal Mount. Led by Meg Pokrass and Ingrid Jendrzejewski
March 15th – 18th, 2020
Words Worth Writing is an upcoming flash fiction and prose poetry workshop/retreat led by Meg Pokrass and Ingrid Jendrzejewski. The 3-day/3 evening retreat will take place in historic Rydal Mount. Our focus will be on short form writing as we soak in the history and beauty of William Wordsworth’s family home, nestled deep in the heart of the Lake District.
We’ll spend our days writing, revising, resting, and learning from each other in this incredible setting. Our focus will be on craft, and on creating many new pieces, with an emphasis on how to approach revision. There will be brief one-to-one sessions where you can chose to receive feedback (with Ingrid) or to be mentored on your writing goals and publication objectives (with Meg). All of this will be included in the 3 day package.
Rydal Mount is situated in Ambleside, Cumbria, less than 2 hours from Manchester International Airport. We expect that wherever you come from, we’ll be able to help make your journey comfortable.
About Rydal Mount: Rydal Mount lies between Ambleside and Grasmere and commands glorious views of Windermere, Rydal Water and the surrounding fells. This was William Wordsworth’s best loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. The house, which was a focus for romantic literature, continues to be owned by the Wordsworth family and retains the feel of a lived in family home. The house dates from the 16th century, although was enlarged over the intervening centuries, and even by Wordsworth himself. Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the five acre garden remains very much as he designed it. It consists of fell-side terraces, rock pools and an ancient mound.
What to expect
A unique three-day/three-evening retreat with two group sessions each day including flash-craft talks, generative writing exercises, art-of-revision, one-on-one feedback sessions, wonderful meals, and evening salons in which we’ll read our stories aloud. We’ll be leaving plenty of time to write and to walk around the beautiful grounds and surrounding area. All levels of experience are welcome. Please note: Our emphasis will be on literary flash fiction as opposed to genre.
Fees and Accommodation and Transport:
Workshop fee: £350. The workshop is limited to 12 participants on a first come basis. The fee includes teaching and an individual 20-minute one-to-one session, lunch and dinner. Due to restrictions, the kitchen cannot currently accommodate vegan and food allergy diets (we’re very sorry), but vegetarian meals can be provided.
Accommodation costs are NOT included. Single room booking nearby will be available for an anticipated room rate of around £65 pppn or less (depending on numbers booked). We are liaising with a local site and may be able to provide participants with a group rates.
Transport cost are not included as part of the fee. Pickup from the Windermere station can be arranged. Please contact Meg directly re: any questions.
Refund Policy for Deposits: A Full refund (minus Paypal fees) before Jan 3rd, 2020
Meg Pokrass is the author of six flash fiction collections, most recently Alligators At Night (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2018) and The Dog Seated Next to Me (Pelekinesis, 2019). Her book of prose poetry, Cellulose Pajamas, was the recipient of the Blue Light Book Award in 2016 and has been included in two Norton Anthologies of flash fiction, Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015 and New Micro (W.W. Norton & Co., 2018). Meg currently serves as Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival U.K., Flash Challenge Editor/Judge at Mslexia, Co-Founding Editor (with Gary Fincke) Best Microfiction Anthology Series (Pelekinesis, 2020) and Founding Editor/Managing Editor of New Flash Fiction Review. She has served as a flash competition judge for the Bath Flash Award and Bath Novella-in-Flash Award,Mslexia’sFlash Fiction Competition 2018, Retreat West’s Flash Fiction Prize 2019 and many others..
Ingrid Jendrzejewski studied creative writing and English literature at the University of Evansville, then physics at the University of Cambridge. Her work has been published in places like Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, Jellyfish Review, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and The Conium Review, and Best Small Fictions 2019. She has won the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the A Room Of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize for Flash Fiction among other competitions, and her short collection Things I Dream About When I’m Not Sleeping was a runner up for BFFA’s first Novella-in-Flash competition. She serves as a co-director of National Flash Fiction Day, editor-in-chief of FlashBack Fiction and a flash editor at JMWW.
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