TUTOR: Scott Onak’s fiction has been published in Ninth Letter, Mid-American Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Willow Springs, and his book reviews appear on The Rumpus. He earned his MFA in Fiction at the University of Idaho and has taught creative writing at the University of Chicago, Story Studio Chicago, and elsewhere. He has been awarded residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and Vermont Studio Center.
Start Date: January 30th, 2018
DURATION: 5 weeks
In this online flash fiction course, you’ll learn the skills required to create these small masterpieces.
We’ll look at how the elements of traditional storytelling like character, conflict, and plot play out in a condensed form. We’ll also sharpen our use of detail and image and borrow some strategies from poetry. Students will read a variety of flash pieces and will have an opportunity to create a new story every week. Scott will provide written feedback on weekly assignments.
Writers of any type of fiction are welcome and will benefit from practicing how to make their writing more sharp, concise, and powerful.
Week One: Through the Keyhole
In the first module, we’ll explore how the basic elements of plot, character, conflict, and resolution change in this abbreviated form. How much of each do we need to create a “complete” story for our readers?
Week Two: Characters Inside Out
Week Two is all about using the power of sensory detail to move our characters (and word count) away from vague description and into concrete action, gesture, and speech.
Week Three: Image
We’ll borrow from poetry and concentrate on the power of image: a picture can be worth a thousand words–or at least a dozen!
Week Four: Reversal
In module 4, we’ll practice the quick turn, setting up and then reversing our readers’ expectations as an effective way to bring movement and change into a small space.
Week Five: Ambiguity & Ending
When writing flash, we don’t always have room for a well-rounded conclusion. So how much can we leave unsaid about an ending and yet still keep our readers satisfied?
Our next Flash Fiction Course course starts on 30/01/2018
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