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 Flash Fiction Workshops

Flash Fiction Workshop.
Friday 6 April 2018 - Tuesday 10 April 2018
May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library
Cost: Free
Contact: Whangarei Libraries +64 9 430 4206 or email libraryevents@wdc.govt.nz

​Learn how to write Flash Fiction with local writer, Martin Porter

  • Friday 6 April
    Basic Flash Fiction Writing - 10 am to 12 noon
    Flash Fiction Writing for Competition or Publication - 1 to 3 pm

  • Tuesday 10 April
    Flash Fiction Writing for Competition or Publication - 5:30 to 7 pm

Facilitator

Martin Porter - local writer of flash fiction and poetry, past winner (in 2014) and judge of the Whangarei Libraries flash fiction competitions.

Workshop Programme

Basic Flash Fiction Writing

This workshop is for writers who have some writing skills but little flash fiction competition experience, or previous competition entrants who want to improve their skills.

Course content:

  • An understanding of structure in flash fiction and micro-prose
    Examples of a piece of locally written flash fiction that has been published in the last year and a piece of micro-prose from an international source.

  • The ability to be self-critical when preparing a piece for competition
    An exercise on structuring a piece - start, middle, ending; title, consistency; linear and non-linear narrative and non-narrative flash fiction.

  • Insight into the thinking processes of a past judge of the competition
    A discussion on what judges look for with examples from previous Whangarei Library Flash Fiction competitions and evaluation sheets.

Flash Fiction Writing for Competition or Publication

This workshop is for writers who have knowledge of basic story structure, or previous flash fiction competition entrants who want to improve their skills.

Course content::

  • Function, form and style in flash fiction and micro-prose
    Examples of a piece of locally written flash fiction that has been published in the last year and at least one piece of micro-prose from an international source and one piece from a historic source

  • Maintaining the narrative in flash fiction and micro-prose.
    An exercise on constructing a piece – maintaining the point, consistency; linear and non-linear narrative and non-narrative flash fiction

  • Insight into the thinking processes of a competition judge.
    A discussion on what judges look for - ranking exercise.

To register

Martin Porter.

Martin Porter

Martin Porter is a Pushcart nominated writer living in Whangarei.
He writes poetry and flash fiction and is published in New Zealand, USA, UK and Jersey, Channel Islands.

He has been winner and a judge of the annual Whangarei Libraries Flash Fiction Competition, also sits on the New Zealand National Flash Fiction Competition committee and is co-editor of the chapbook and broadsheet series 'Fast Fibres – Poetry from Northland'.

Examples of Martin’s flash fiction can be found on the Flash Frontier website.


Updated: 11/04/2018 3:35 p.m.

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