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.


Northern Flash Fiction Reading Series Launches at Bookcase, Carlisle

Northern Flash Fiction Reading Series

Featuring Meg Pokrass, Barbara Renel, Gary Duncan!

Save the date if you’re in or near Cumbria UK.

A celebration of the very short story form 
Saturday, 30th March, 7:30-9 PM (Doors Open 7PM)
Cakes & Ale, Carlisle – FREE ADMISSION

Flash Fiction writers Meg Pokrass and Barbara Renel launch the very first in their series of flash fiction evenings celebrating the very short story. Alongside flash fiction writer Gary Duncan they will read from their own work before introducing an open-mic and inviting the audience to share their own stories (max 250 words). And there will be a chance to win a flash fiction collection in a free draw.

Meg Pokrass:

Flash fiction author, editor and teacher originally from California and now living in Cumbria. Author of an award winning prose poetry collection, a novella and five flash fiction collections, inlcuding most recently Alligators At Night. Meg’s work has appeared in over 350 literary magazines in print and online. She currrently serves as Flash Challenge Editor at Mslexia Magazine, Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival, U.K. (Bristol) Co-Editor of Best Microfiction, 2019, and Founding/Managing Editor of New Flash Fiction Review. Meg teaches flash fiction workshops both online and in person.

Barbara Renel:

Flash Fiction Writer, Dancer, Teacher, Performer based in North Cumbria. Winner of a number of flash fiction competitions, her work has appeared in print and online including Noon (Arachne Press), The Dawntreader (Indigo Dreams), The Bath Flash Fiction Festival Anthology 1 (AdHoc Fiction), Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Spelk, FlashFlood Journal and theshortstory.co.uk. Structo, A3 Review.

Gary Duncan

Gary Duncan’s stories have appeared in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 100 Word Story, New Flash Fiction Review, Fictive Dream, Train Lit, Gravel, and The Cabinet of Heed, among others, and are forthcoming in Unbroken Journal and Ellipsis Zine. His flash fiction collection, You’re Not Supposed to Cry, is available from Vagabond Voices.