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Speculative Series: Writing Short and Flash Fiction - Remote!

Saturday, June 12th from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

Whether your passion lies in high fantasy, hard scifi, or fiction with just a touch of the weird, learning to craft (inter)stellar short stories can be a great building block on the way to completing a novel, a way to test drive characters and concepts, or a fulfilling career in itself. Short and flash fiction provide a bird's eye view of the dramatic arc and practice in writing to "The End." NK Jemisin, the triple Hugo Award-winning novelist, credits work on short fiction for teaching her about "the quick hook and the deep character" and giving her "space to experiment with unusual plots and story forms." Plus, shorts are marketable! From online journals to print magazines to anthologies, outlets for speculative shorts abound.

In this seminar we’ll discuss techniques for fitting big ideas into small spaces and learn about expectations specific to speculative shorts. You’ll have the opportunity to PITCH/EXAMINE potential ideas, and consider a flash fiction prompt to get you started. Authors discussed may include Catherynne M Valente, Isabel Yap, Daniel Jose Older, Charlie Jane Anders, Rebecca Roanhorse, G Willow Wilson, and Ken Liu. 

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Stephanie K Brownell
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  • Concept Development
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