Thursday, 5 July 2012

Flash Fiction

Last night we had a mini-workshop on flash fiction at Nottingham Writers' Club.

This was run by Sally Quilford who is a columnist for Writers' Forum and writes pocket novel romance. Sally gave away plenty of handouts to save us having to make notes. She also kept us busy with little exercises to test our skills. We learned about the requirements for flash fiction, a little bit of history and how to edit. Everyone who attended went home having spent a very profitable evening.

Sally runs several different workshops through the year, details of which can be found on her site.

6 comments:

  1. This may be contentious, but I wonder how many people actually enjoy reading flash fiction? I think it's fun to write, but too insubstantial to enjoy. As soon as you're in, your out again (so to speak). Am I alone in this?

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  2. They have been likened to Aesop's Fables and are popular amongst people who want to read a complete story while commuting to work.

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  3. I think flash fiction has its place, there are times when I just feel like reading shorter pieces. I also enjoy and appreciate as a writer the skill and challenge of a complete story in a minimum amount of words. :-)

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  4. It's certainly a tricky thing to achieve, Diane.

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  5. Glad you all have a great time. It wonderful when you come away from an evening and feel that you've learn something new.

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  6. Thanks, Paula. I think even the non-fiction writers of the club felt it was something they could have a go at.

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