Short & Sharp: Writing Flash Fiction with Emma Ashmere
Flash fiction is springing up everywhere – on phones, bus shelters, postcards, sound cloud, and digital billboards. But what is it? And how does it differ from the good old short story?
Also known as microfiction, sudden fiction, or postcard fiction – these very short stories hover between 500 and 1000 words. But there’s much more to crafting piquant Flash Fiction than just keeping an eye on the word count.
In this three hour hands-on workshop, you’ll dive into the basics of this short sharp form – and leave with new ideas and stories up your sleeve.
What to expect
We’ll unpick how Flash Fiction aficionados surprise or haunt their readers through suggestion, omission, control, precision, and potency.
Using a series of prompts and writing exercises we’ll explore strategies to:
hook the reader
create pithy characters
craft endings that linger
tackle the hard-prune edit
We’ll also discuss publication opportunities – so there’s time to polish your work for the inaugural Byron Writers Festival Flash Fiction Competition.
When: Saturday 2 June, 10am – 1pm Where: Byron Writers Festival Office, Level 1 – 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay Tickets: $60 / $50 Members or students
Emma Ashmere’s award-winning short stories have appeared in The Age, Griffith Review, Sleepers Almanac, Review of Australian Fiction, NGVMagazine, and Spineless Wonders’ microlit anthologies Landmarks (2017) and Time (2018). In November 2017, her #8WordStory was chosen to appear on three Brisbane digital billboards.
Emma has taught Life Writing at La Trobe University, run workshops on using history in fiction, and has reviewed books for Australian Book Review, Newtown Review of Books, and the Lismore Echo. Her debut novel The Floating Garden was shortlisted for the 2016 MUBA prize. See more at https://emmaashmere.com/