Arvon at Home Masterclass: Flash Fiction with David Gaffney

A Spoonful Weighs a Ton

Thursday March 17th 2022, 11:00 GMT


Do you want to improve the impact of your short-short fiction? Produce stories of less than 500 hundred words that kick like a novel? In this master class with award-winning flash writer David Gaffney you will learn how to reduce ideas to an ultra-short format, how to condense, yet keep your story effective, powerful and easy to understand, how to manage character, description, point of view, place, and dialogue in the ultra-short story, and how to reduce a thousand words to 150 without losing a thing. You will explore ways to intrigue and captivate your reader with a single first sentence, develop techniques to make sure your middles don’t sag, and examine ways to make your last lines ring like a bell. Full of practical, inspiring exercises, this session will leave you wondering why anything has to be longer than a side of A4.

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (11:00 – 13:00) including time for you to write. You will need to have a computer or smart device and a reliable internet connection in order to participate. Bookers unable to join the live session will be able to view this Arvon Masterclass for up to two weeks after the event. You must book your place before the event starts in order to access this facility.

As part of our wider effort to increase participation in the arts, concessionary places are available for this course.

Cost: £35 (concession: £17.50)


"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."

—Masterclass participant

"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."

—Masterclass participant

"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."

—Masterclass participant



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