Everything you want to know about flash fiction and more in our packed weekend timetable. Opportunities to learn new skills, write short short fiction and hear great flash writers read.

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Friday 20th July Afternoon/Evening

1.00 pm onwards
Check-in for those who have booked accommodation at the venue.

4.00 pm onwards
Bring your own picnic to eat in the grounds.

5.00 pm onwards
Registration for workshops open.

5.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Bar open.

7.30 pm onwards
Open Mic/Readings from 2018 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology.

Saturday 21st July

9.00 am – 10.00 am

  • Free-write warm up: Visual prompts and written prompts to inspire you in lecture rooms one, two and three.
  • Yoga and Writing with Alison Powell — possibly outside.
  • Visualisation sessions with Karen Jones. Front room

9.30 am – 10.45 pm

  • Registration for workshops.
  • Book shop open in Dalton Room.
  • Coffee/tea in Dining Room.

10.45 am – 11.00
Welcome and introduction to workshop facilitators. Dining Room.

11.05 am – 12.35 pm
Workshop Session One. One and a half hours.

  • ‘Submitting Your Flashes’ with Ashley Chantler and Peter Blair (max 40) Lecture Room One.
  • Nuala 0’Connor ‘Historical Flash Fiction’ (max 20) Lecture Room Two.
  • ‘Prose Poetry’ with Carrie Etter (max 25) Lecture Room Three.
  • ‘Writing Characters of Colour in Fiction’ with Haleh Agar (max 12) Clifton Room One.
  • ‘How to Write a Hybrid Narrative’ with Laurie Stone (max 10) Clifton Room Two.
  • ‘Weird and Wonderful’ with Vanessa Gebbie (max 15) HMH Room.

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Lunch. Bar open from 12.35 pm

2.10 pm – 3.40 pm
Workshop Session Two. One and a half hours.

  • Speculative Fiction with Calum Kerr, ‘Short and Weird’ (max 20) Lecture Room One.
  • ‘Writing Funny Fiction’ with Meg Pokrass and Jude Higgins (max 20) Lecture Room Three.
  • ‘Sculpting Master Class’ with Nancy Stohlman (max 20) HMH Room.
  • ‘Sawn-off Tales’ with David Gaffney (max 12) Clifton Room One.
  • ‘Make it Sing.’ Finding your Voice in Flash Fiction’ with K M Elkes (max 12) Clifton Room Two.

3.45 pm – 4.15 pm
Tea break.

4.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Flashes of Inspiration – half an hour sessions for insight and ideas.

  • Flashpoint South Africa with Peter Blair (max 20) HMH Room.
  • Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction with Carrie Etter and Michael Loveday (max 20) Lecture Room Three.
  • Historical Flash Fiction with Ingrid Jendrzejewski and Nuala 0’Connor (max 20) Clifton Room One.
  • Conversation with David Gaffney, with Ashley Chantler (max 20) Front Lounge.
  • How Does SmokeLong Quarterly work? With Christopher Allen (max 20) Lecture Room Two.

5.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Bar open.

5.15 pm – 6.15 pm
Dining Room: Five minute Flash Ficton readings from workshop presenters Laurie Stone, John Brantingham, Grant Hier, Christopher Allen,Carrie Etter, Haleh Agar, K M Elkes, Ingrid Jendrzejewski plus mini book launch — Vanessa Gebbie will read from her new collection, Nothing to Worry About (ten mins).

6.15 pm – 6.45 pm
Book shop open.

6.45 pm – 7.45 pm

8.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Readings from Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Relief in the Dining Room. Introduced by the publishers, Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler. Readers will include the contributors: Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Gaffney, Vanessa Gebbie, Calum Kerr, Michael Loveday, Nuala O’Connor, Meg Pokrass, and Nancy Stohlman.

9.15 pm – 9.45 pm
Book shop open for half an hour.

9.15 pm onwards
Open mic. Socialising inside and out.

Sunday 22nd July

9.00 am – 10.00 am

  • Dreams into Fiction workshop with Jude Higgins (max 12) Clifton Room.
  • Competitive Flashing with Ingrid Jendrzejewski (max 60) Lecture Room One.
  • Yoga and Writing with Alison Powell — possibly outside.
  • Visualisation workshop with Karen Jones.

10.15 am – 10.45 am
Tea. Dining room.

10.45 am

11.00 am – 12.30 pm
Workshops, one and a half hours.

  • ‘Experimental Fiction’ with Santino Prinzi (max 12) Lecture Room Three.
  • ‘Extraordinary Points of View’ =with John Brantingham and Grant Hier (max 40) Lecture Room One.
  • ‘Building a Collection’ with Nancy Stohlman Talk and Q & A. (max 20) HMH Room.
  • ‘The Novella in Flash’ with Meg Pokrass and Jude Higgins (max 20) Front Lounge.
  • ‘Do you have something to Say?’ – finding the story you want to write with Christopher Allen. (max 20) Lecture Room Two.

12.30 pm – 2.00 pm
Lunch. Bar Open.

2.00 pm – 3.15 pm
Showcase/launches in the Dining Room.

  • V Press showcase/book launch. Introduction from publisher Sarah Leavesley plus readings from new V Press authors, festival team members and presenters, Michael Loveday and Santino Prinzi
  • Launch of the new flash fiction collection from Meg Pokrass.

3.20 pm – 4.00 pm
Tea. Book shop open.

4.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Raffle draw, competition winner announcement, goodbyes.
5.00 pm – 6.30 pm Extra Late Stayers workshop with Michael Loveday — Building a Flash Fiction Sequence.More details soon.

Please Note: As with any large event, this programme maybe subject to alteration.

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