I have a particular interest in flash fiction and in addition to writing a lot of it, I teach it as a creative writing course.
This happens through the Office of Lifelong Learning at Edinburgh University. The course, named Writing Really Short Stories, is twenty weeks long in two blocks of ten and runs on a Monday night, 6.30pm–8.30pm. It’s designed so you can do part one (Sep–Nov) or part two (Jan–Mar) independently, but you’ll get the most out of it by doing the whole twenty weeks in order.
The course is aimed at beginning to intermediate writers. I create a positive and encouraging environment while constantly nudging the students to produce work instead of just talking about it. During the course we read and discuss about ten zillion pieces of published flash fiction.
Here’s some stories we cover:
- Three Soldiers by Bruce Holland Rogers.
- Mr. Ted by Ashley Arnold.
- The Kissing Booth by Katie Williams.
I present a self-contained workshop, also on flash fiction, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It sold out in 2010.
I’m considering running an occasional workshop in performing your fiction. Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? If so, get in touch.