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Micro Fictions: Creating Character, Movement and Voice in Less than 1,000 Words

Deborah Willis
June 13, 2019
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $65
What makes a story compelling and meaningful? Can character and plot development be achieved in one page or even one sentence? In this course we explore flash fiction, distilling our writing down to the minimum needed to convey action and complexity. Flash fiction combines the discipline of the poem with the depth of the short story, and we will analyze some of the best examples of this challenging form. We will also do our own writing, creating micro fictions that may be shared with the class. This course is for writers beginning their journey into fiction or the flash fiction form.
Deborah Willis’ first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award for fiction, named one of The Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of the year, and recommended by NPR as one of the best books of 2010. Her second book, The Dark and Other Love Stories, was longlisted for the 2017 Giller Prize, won the Georges Bugnet Award for best work of fiction published in Alberta, and was named one of the best books of the year by The Globe and Mail, the CBC, and Chatelaine Magazine. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Walrus, The Virginia Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Lucky Peach, The Wall Street Journal, and Zoetrope.


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- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Fiction - Genre: Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Micro Fiction - Event: Micro Workshop

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