Kara Vernor in Best Small Fictions 2019

Kara Vernor’s story How Not to Become an Expat has been selected for the Best Small Fictions 2019. I’m so happy and proud—congratulations!

On Facebook, Kara wrote: “This story would not have happened without Meg Pokrass. I started it in one of her workshops, submitted it to her journal when it was ready, and she and her team not only took it but nominated it for this honor. Thanks Meg and all of the Best Small Fictions readers!”

Thank you, Kara, for your excellent work!


Johanna Robinson Runner-Up Bath Flash Fiction Novella-In-Flash Award

I’m proud to announce a particular success story today:

Runner-up for the Bath Flash Fiction Novella-In-Flash Award 2019 is Johanna Robinson for her novella-in-flash, Homing, to be published in its own volume later this year.


Johanna took my Needling Your Characters Workshop in December 2018 in order to finish the novella. During that time, she wrote seven flashes that all ended up in the final draft. “The novella wouldn’t be what it was without the workshop,” according to Johanna. So happy to hear that—a teacher’s dream.

Michael Loveday writes in his Jury Report“The flashes show subtle insight into human behaviour, are often genuinely moving, and the author has a way with closure—many flashes end with a lovely poise and delicacy.” 

Please visit Johanna’s Website to stay up to date on this exciting news and the upcoming publication!

Flash Memoir Workshop: April 10th- 20th

I’ll be leading a 10-day flash memoir workshop from April 10th – 20th.

I was inspired by Damhnait Monaghan’s unforgettable CNF piece “How to Say Goodbye to Your Mother” at hippocampus magazine. I’m honoured that  “How to Say Goodbye to Your Mother” originated in my memoir workshop last Autumn. This story reminds one about just how much can be accomplished with CNF in the flash fiction form!

Another brilliant example of CNF flash is Hannah Storm’s “Winner and Losers” from Atticus Review. I’m honoured to have created a warm, creative space for these pieces (and many other wonderful CNF stories) to have been born in.

In my April 10th – 20th workshop, I’ll be creating 9 unique exercises and assigning them each day of the workshop. Participants will create and post their memoir stories for others (including me) to read and comment on. Workshop member’s feedback on each others stories are highly encouraged, but not mandatory.  My workshops were designed for busy writers with families and day jobs, so my deadlines are casual.The cost for the workshop is $120 USD/£92 GBP or the equivalent in your currency. Founding members (students from 2017 -2018) are being offered this course for a 10% reduced fee (contact me if you are a founding member with any questions about this). This upcoming workshop will take place in a private Facebook group. The word-count limit is 500 words.

 If you have questions about this workshop, feel free to contact me.