Masterclass: Flash Fiction

Masterclass: Flash Fiction

Zoom Masterclass with David Gaffney
  • David Gaffney
Date Tuesday November 1st 2022, 19:00 - 21:00 BST
Location Online

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 masterclass 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 webinar (19:00-21:00), so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"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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