Size Matters: A Flash Fiction Workshop from Fast Forward Press

Four Workshop Sections:

Time Bandits: Manipulating Time in Flash Fiction

Instructor: Nancy Stohlman

A flash fiction story must have a story arc that evolves within the constraints of 1,000 words. So how do you represent time? We’ll look at how different flash stories manipulate time, from compressing chronology to beginning a story en media res.

Flash Fiction: Real Literature in a Grain of Sand
Instructor: K. Scott Forman
We will examine the traditional use of character, dialogue, setting, point of view, plot, etc., in the smallest space possible — 6 to 500 words — and include a beginning, middle, and end.

Two Truths and a Lie: Confessions of a Flash Fiction Writer

Instructor: Leah Rogin-Roper
Using the model of writers like St. Augustine and Dostoevsky, we’ll write to the seven deadly sins, confess true lies and false transgressions and mine through them for flash fiction possibilities.

Bam! The Power of Endings and Why They Make the Story

Instructor: Kona Morris
A good ending can leave you pumping your fist with satisfaction, crawling with a sense of horrific ambiguity, or speechless with awe, but nothing is sadder than when a story feels like it has accidentally been spilled onto the floor because the ending isn’t right. In this workshop, we’ll explore the notion brilliantly articulated by writer and editor Tom Hazuka when he said, “It’s easy to start a story; you can begin it anywhere. The real difficulty lies in finding a way to write yourself out of it.”

Instructor Bios:

Nancy Stohlman’s debut novel, Searching for Suzi: a flash novel (Monkey Puzzle Press, 2009), was up for a Colorado Book Award in 2010. She has a total of five books to her credit, including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape and Live From Palestine. She’s had work published or forthcoming in over 30 anthologies and journals, and she’s been featured in literary events in a dozen cities including New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City, Cleveland, and Pittsburg.

K. Scott Forman is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, a recipient of the Robert Creeley Award, and currently teaches at Weber State University and Western Governors University. He is the editor of the webzine of suspense and horror, Fear Knocks. His most recent publications appear, or will soon appear, in 605 Magazine and Morpheus Tales.

Leah Rogin-Roper writes flash fiction on purpose. She has had flash fiction published in Fast Forward, Monkey Puzzle, Not Enough Night, Daily Love, and Mountain Gazette, among other places. She is a co-editor of The Incredible Shrinking Story and the author of three novels, most recently, A Grizzly Love Story. She teaches writing at Arapahoe Community College, and she has taught flash fiction workshops at Red Rocks Community College, Western State University, and Free Horizon Montessori School. She is a curator of the Size Matters flash reading series in the Front Range and beyond.

Kona Morris has been an editor of the last four Fast Forward flash fiction anthologies, as well as the forthcoming anthology series, Anthology of the Awkward. She received the Redwood Empire Mensa Award for Creative Non-Fiction in 2006, and she was selected to be the Featured Artist of the Month for Connotation Press in May 2011. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including Linh Dinh’s The Lower Half, Flâneur Foundry, Monkey Puzzle, Fast Forward, Not Enough Night, and Bombay Gin. She teaches writing classes on college campuses across Colorado.

$20 suggested donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Do not miss this rare opportunity.