Pamela Painter and Meg Pokrass: Saturday August 28th, 4.00 pm BST
We were honoured that eminent writer and teacher from the US, Pamela Painter, was able to join us at the inaugural flash fiction festival in Bath, 2017. And it is wonderful to have her back to read from her new and selected stories Fabrications and talk about flash fiction in our Legends spot. She is joined by inspirational writer, editor and teacher, Meg Pokrass, an American expat, living in the UK. Meg, a flash fiction writer of many years standing, is also our Flash Fiction Festival Curator. She is running a workshop in April in our Festival Series.
Pamela PainterPamela Painter is the author of five story collections, and co-author, with Anne Bernays, of What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, Five Points, Ploughshares, SmokeLong Quarterly, New Flash Fiction Review, among others, and in numerous Flash Anthologies such as Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, Micro Fiction, and New Micro. Painter’s flash stories have been presented on National Public Radio, and staged by WordTheatre in Los Angeles, London and New York. Painter’s newest collection of stories is Fabrications: New and Selected Stories from Johns Hopkins University Press.
Meg Pokrass, Festival Curator, is the author of seven flash fiction collections, two novellas-in-flash, and an award-winning book of prose poetry. A recipient of San Francisco’s Blue Light Book Award, her work has been internationally anthologized in two recent Norton Anthologies, Best Small Fictions 2018, 2019, Wigleaf Top 50 (multiple times) and has been published in over 500 literary magazines including Electric Literature, Craft, Tin House, Passages North, Wigleaf and McSweeney’s. Meg serves as Flash Challenge Judge for Mslexia, Co-Editor of Best Microfiction, 2020, Co-Founder Flash Fiction Collective Reading Series (SF), & Founding/Managing Editor of New Flash Fiction Review.
sold out Students have been working with Meg Pokrass’ visual and word prompts for years and creating brilliant stories which have been published in places like The London Independant Story Prize, McSweeney’s, The Best Small Fictions, Smokelong Quarterly and Wigleaf. Photos & Words Microfiction Workshop is a 5-day micro workshop, held on Facebook in a private group and taught by Meg Pokrass. The cost is $150 USD (or the equivalent in your currency). Meg will be serving up arresting Visual Prompts with a list of words and phrases to incorporate into new stories. Work generative with constructive feedback. All levels welcome.
Please let me know if you’d like to be on the waiting list for this workshop or to be on a waiting list for the next. You can email me here. Often one or two students need to drop out, so your chances of getting in (at this time) are high. If you have paid for the class before this update, you are in. I have taken the enrollment link down.
Would you like to write stories featuring recurring characters? Looking to put together a flash novella or a chapbook of linked stories? Would you like feedback on your existing connected stories?
CHARACTERS LIVING INSIDE US – Linked stories Workshop will offer the writer a way to explore linked stories or novella-in-flash chapters with feedback. This is a work generative ‘early days’ novella-in-progress workshop. The word count limit on stories in this workshop is 700 words or LESS. The 5-day workshop may be used in whatever way is most useful for each individual writer, depending on their needs and where they are in the process of linking stories and working with recurring characters.
As with all of my workshops, they are highly work generative, non-critical but HELPFUL.
Meg Pokrass has written six flash fiction collections, an award-winning collection of prose poetry, and a novella-in-flash from the Rose Metal Press. Her new novella in flash The Loss Detector was published in 2020 by Bamboo Dart Press.
November 15 – 20th. Want a wildly creative challenge this November? Welcome to STRANGE HEADLINES & WORDS: FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP! As always, it will be held in a private Facebook group. I’ll be offering words and photos and this one is going to be fun. There will be supportive peer and instructor feedback. Cost: $120 for 5 days. To sign up, pay for the class here
Oct 20st – 25th. This will be a 5-day course called Unusual Structures in Flashery – A Hermit Crab Workshop. As always, it will be held in a private Facebook group. We will be writing new pieces making use of templates like postcards, till receipts, letters to the editor, ‘fairy godmother protocols’, dictionary definitions, wills, recipes, wishlists, directions, etc. There will be peer and instructor feedback. Will be fun! The cost is $120 USD.