Presenters

Embracing Your Inner Wild: Creating Untamed Flash Fiction

By popular demand we have included a pre-festival three hour workshop with acclaimed flash fiction writer and teacher Kathy Fish, who is also leading three other shorter workshops during the rest of the weekend and contributing to a panel on Flash Fiction Around The World.

Kathy says: “The flash form is uniquely suited for innovation and experimentation. This session is aimed at writing outside your comfort zone, both in language and in content. What happens when we unbind ourselves from the constraints of tame, domesticated realism and let our imaginations run wild? We will explore playfulness of language and structure as well as trying our hands at surrealism, magical realism, absurdism, etc. Expect to come away from this session with three fresh and surprising drafts in hand.”

  • Time: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Friday 28th June
  • Venue: HMH room, Trinity College, Bristol
  • Open to: beginner and experienced writers either attending the whole festival or just coming to this workshop.
  • Book now £45 via paypal or any card here. Max number of places 20. Payment also includes entry to the Friday evening of flash fiction readings 6.00 pm – 9.30 pm.
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Kathy Fish has authored five collections of short fiction, most recently Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018, from Matter Press. Her award-winning short stories, prose poems, and flash fictions have been widely published and anthologized. Fish’s ‘Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild’. which addresses the scourge of America’s gun violence and mass shootings, was selected for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018, edited by Sheila Heti. The piece was also chosen by Aimee Bender for Best Small Fictions 2018. Additionally, two of Fish’s stories are featured in the W.W. Norton anthology, New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction. She is a core faculty member in fiction for the Mile High MFA at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She also teaches her own intensive online flash workshop, Fast Flash.

We are delighted that Kathy is able to offer this extra workshop which is also open to those not attending the festival. She is well-known for her online intensive ‘Fast Flash’ classes which attract flash fiction writers from all over the world and are always sold out. The flash fictions which writers begin as drafts in Kathy’s workshops, frequently go on to be published in major magazines, win or be placed inflash fiction competitions and be nominated for and included in international flash fiction anthologies. Kathy judges many international competitions and was the judge for Bath Flash Fiction Award in February 2017. Read the judge’s interview with her to find out the many interesting things Kathy has to say about flash fiction. Her recently published book of collected stories Wild Life published by Matter Press, 2018 will be available at the festival bookshop.

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A Letter from Laurie Stone

Dear Flashers,
 
I am looking forward to seeing you in Bristol this July and learning about your writing. I will be hosting a workshop on hybrid narrative and crafting sentences that work at the level of separate stories. Festival director Jude Higgins has asked some of us to post ideas ahead of our rendezvous. Read in Full

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Flash Fiction and the Loss of Ego
John Brantingham

In late Spring in the High Sierra where I live in the summer, the snow melts off and turns the mountains into a world of mud. In those places of recent fires, this is the season for morel mushrooms, which love the nutrient rich ash. I have a ranger friend who hunts them through the soggy mud, and she cooks them on a portable stove right there in the dark shade of the giant sequoia trees. Fire is an important part of the pulse of the forest. Without it, the giant sequoias would not reseed. Without it, new growth would never have enough light to thrive.
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