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Creative Writing - Flash Fiction 100 - 1000 words

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Start date: 22nd Apr 2021

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Cost: £95

Day: Thursday

Duration: 10 weeks

Tutor: Jackie Kirman

Course code: 21SU040

For the first session students will need: The course is online – Zoom video conferencing app/software

 The course will cover:

 Week One: Introduction to Flash Fiction

 Week Two: Picking a topic – Narrowing it down.

– When writing flash fiction, the smaller and more specific the topic the better. Look for precise ideas in broad topics and build on them.

 Week Three: Roping in your reader – Start in the middle of the action.

– Begin right away with the action. Try to remember that flash fiction is usually a single scene in time; one moment that sticks out. Focus on a single moment or image in time.

 Week Four: Using strong imagery. Make every single word count. Help your readers visualize as much as possible.

 Week Five: Creating character. Work with just one or two characters. Don’t spread your story too thin.

 Week Six: Point of View: First person point of view. This will create an instant connection to the reader and allow you to express more in fewer words. Or omniscient perspective: allows the narrator to stand back from action

 Week Seven: Write longer but learn to edit: Take out all unnecessary words.

 Week Eight: Pick a key emotion to color the story. Readers love it when they feel something.

 Week Nine: Surprise your reader. Make sure to end your story on a different emotional note than the one you started on. Creating surprise is what flash fiction is all about; take the reader on a journey, no matter how short, and leave them with a lasting memory, emotion etc

 Week Ten: Showcase

By the end of the course students should have an understanding of the flash fiction genre and also of how to craft a short story. They will have begun to develop their own writing voice and also an ability to express themselves creatively by applying the writing techniques learnt over the course.

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Jackie Kirman

Jackie Kirman has had a career in teaching, initially in the primary sector, then latterly in Further and Higher education institutions. She has specialized in Child Development and Early Years studies.

More recently she has completed several writing courses including a Postgraduate Creative Writing course at Masters level at York University in which she gained a first qualification. She is a member of the Alpha writer’s group which includes writers from all over the world. As a group they are dedicated to sharing good practice, producing high quality written work covering many different writing genres. Jackie also has her own website on WordPress ( jlk2016@wordpress.com ) where she posts poetry, short stories etc.

Although she is relatively new to the publishing world, she has had several pieces of poetry and short stories published (on-line – Poetry Republic, Bookers Readers corner, and anthologies – Great British Write Off.) She is currently writing a novel and a screen play.

Jackie believes that anyone can write creatively – and that each individual has their own set of unique experiences which can be used to explore the creative writing process. The course will help provide a framework from which to develop these skills.

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