Creative Writing - Flash Fiction 100 - 1000 words
Start date: 22nd Apr 2021
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
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.