Flash Fiction Unveiled
with Slawka Scarso
Flash fiction is becoming more and more popular, with literary magazines and competitions calling for submissions from all corners of the world. And with sometimes only 20 minutes necessary to write a first draft, it’s the perfect genre even for writers who find it hard to make time for their greatest passion. But what is flash fiction? Is it just a very, very short story? During this workshop we will start from the basics, from what makes a flash piece. Through examples, exercises and prompts that will get us immediately writing flash, we will see what it takes to create a complete story in just a few hundred words. We will discuss the importance of a title in a piece that sometimes is only 100-word long (if not 50)! We will talk about generative techniques to find new ideas for flash. We will also look at how to play with structure to create inventive and fun pieces and how to address language and rhythm. And finally, we will talk about novellas in flash and the possibilities of writing a longer work, but made of separate, stand-alone pieces.
13:30 Time for coffee
14:00-16:30 Afternoon Workshop
Slawka G. Scarso has published several books on wine in Italy and works as a copywriter and translator. Her words have appeared in Mslexia, Ellipsis Zine, Funny Pearls, Fractured Lit, Scrawl Place, FlashBack Fiction, Ghost Parachute and others. She was shortlisted in the 2022 NFFD Microfiction Competition and has received a Best of the Net Nomination for fiction in 2022. Her novella in flash “All Their Favourite Stories” was long-listed in the 2022 Reflex Press Novella Award and commended in the 2022 Bath Novella in Flash Award and is available from Ad Hoc Fiction. After living in Geneva for a couple of years, she is now based between Rome and Milan where she lives with her husband and her dog, Tessa. You can find her on Twitter as @nanopausa and on www.nanopausa.com
Afternoon workshop: 40 CHF members / 50 CHF non-members
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