Flash Fiction Writing: Plot and Structure 5-Week Online Workshop, Starts Thursday, February 1st, 2024
Class Starts Thursday, February 1st, 2024
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Led by Tommy Dean, Editor-in-Chief at Fractured Lit and Uncharted Magazine. He is the author of two flash fiction chapbooks Special Like the People on TV (Redbird Chapbooks, 2014) and Covenants (ELJ Editions, 2021), and a full flash collection, Hollows (Alternating Current Press, 2022). Tommy's writing can be found in Best Microfiction 2019, 2020, 2023, Best Small Fiction 2019 and 2022. His work has been published in Monkeybicycle, Laurel Review, Moon City Review, Pithead Chapel, New Flash Fiction Review, and many other litmags.
Learn more about Tommy in our Meet the Teaching Artist series.
Tommy's students have published work in SmokeLong Quarterly, Pithead Chapel, Maudlin House, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, New World Writing, Fictive Dream, 2021 Wigleaf Top 50 longlist, WOW! Women on Writing Spring 2021 Flash Fiction Contest winner, Bending Genres, jmww, Best Small Fictions 2021, The Los Angeles Review, Longleaf Review, and elsewhere.
As a class, we will dig deeper into the craft decisions writers make on the page. We'll structure choices and target specific skills you can use to create your own body of flash fiction or nonfiction. Using these elements of craft, we will create fresh flash full of resonate concision, and you'll leave the class with new work that prizes both depth and urgency.
Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive constructive criticism within the online classroom environment (Wet Ink).
Each student will receive constructive criticism from me on each prompt they respond to (1 per week or a total of 4 for the class) and have the opportunity for 1 full workshop critique from me. Students are expected to provide comments on each flash workshopped in this class. Students will receive lecture notes and analysis of 2 flash per week.
- A better understanding of the plot and structural conventions of Flash Fiction
- 2 to 4 potentially publishable flash or micro stories (50-1,000 words in length)
- A list of magazines/journals that are ideal places for your work
- A plan to submit stories to magazines/journals
- A clearer and stronger sense of your writing sensibilities and tendencies unique to your work and style
- A clearer sense of future writing goals
- The ability to self-critique your writing
- How to use model texts to explore and utilize craft moves
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class is entirely asynchronous which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times in order to allow for greater participation; your cohort will consist of writers from across different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices.
Along with your weekly deadlines there is plenty of interaction with Tommy and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment.
You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Tommy engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.
HOW DOES WET INK WORK?
Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.
Instructor: Tommy Dean
Class size limited to 10 writers
Class starts Thursday, February 1st, 2024
Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.
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Instructor Tommy Dean is the author of two flash fiction chapbooks Special Like the People on TV (Redbird Chapbooks, 2014) and Covenants (ELJ Editions, 2021), and a full flash collection, Hollows (Alternating Current Press, 2022). He lives in Indiana, where he currently is the Editor at Fractured Lit and Uncharted Magazine. A recipient of the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction, his writing can be found in Best Microfiction 2019, 2020, 2023, Best Small Fiction 2019 and 2022. His work has been published in Monkeybicycle, Laurel Review, Moon City Review, Pithead Chapel, New Flash Fiction Review, and many other litmags. He has taught writing workshops for the Gotham Writers Workshop, the Barrelhouse Conversations and Connections conference, and The Writers Workshop. Find him at tommydeanwriter.com and on Twitter @TommyDeanWriter.