Programme

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

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Saturday 24th June

10.00
Arrive. Tea and sign up for workshops.

11.00
Welcome.

11.15
Briefs and Bloomers: Revealing Flash Fiction with Peter Blair – a talk describing the meteoric rise of contemporary flash. Definitions and humorous examples.

12.15
Q and A

12.30
When the Title of the Story is The Story – a warm up half hour workshop with Pamela Painter for all participants.

1.00
Lunch.

2.00 – 3.30
Workshops. A choice of four workshops:

  • The Art of the Micro with Ken Elkes – this writing-led workshop will explore the richness and power of Micro Fiction.
  • Fireworks and Burnt Toast with Vanessa Gebbie – the writing process; how to open up your flash writing.
  • How to be a Flasher with Kit De Waal – a focus on editing.
  • What if? with Pamela Painter – full-proof method of finishing all your stories.

3.30 – 4.00
Break, for tea or a drink from the bar – pick up a postcard, write a story and post to a friend; write and submit an Ad Hoc Fiction micro for the festival contest. Chat to flash fiction friends.

4.00 – 4.30
Sunshine Short-Shorts: Outside readings. Sign up to read one of your flash fictions.

4.30 – 6.00
Workshops: A choice of four:

  • Write a Killer First Page with Paul McVeigh – a version of Paul’s highly popular workshop adapted for the short-short story.
  • Colossal Cliché Challenge with Christopher Fielden – an opportunity to write in clichés and confound your inner critic.
  • Flashing Scientifically with Tania Hershman – no scientific knowledge necessary. A chance to play with science in variety of ways and create some innovative flash fiction.
  • Sawn-off Tales with David Gaffney – condense your flash fictions and make them meaningful.

6.15 – 7.00
Launch of National Flash Fiction Day Anthology with Director of National Flash Fiction Day, Calum Kerr and Co-Director Santino Prinzi with readings from the anthology.

7.00 – 8.00
Evening Meal.

8.00 – 10.00
Readings from our workshop presenters and others. Around ten readers reading for up to ten minutes each. Breaks for the bar and chats after each three readers.

10.00 – 11.00
Social time. Bar. Outside and in. And carry on writing on the paper tablecloths, on the napkins and on the postcards… dribbles, drabbles, trabbles.

Sunday 25th June

9.00 – 10.15
Early-Riser workshop. Dream Breakfast with Jude Higgins – explore several different ways to approach your dreams and turn them into flash fictions. Croissants and coffee included.

10.30
Tea and hello.

11.00 – 12.00
Talk and Q & A on Submitting Your Flashes with Ashley Chantler and Peter Blair – tips from the Editors of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine.

12.15
Results of the June Round of the £1460 prize fund Bath Flash Fiction Award – judged this time by Festival Curator, Meg Pokrass. And readings of the three winning pieces and two commended.

12.45 – 1.45
Lunch and bar.

1.45 – 3.15
Workshops a choice of five:

  • Sawn-off Tales with David Gaffney – condense your flash fictions and make them meaningful.
  • Building a Collection with David Swann – what makes a good sequence? What do you leave out? Where do you start?
  • How to attack the blank page: Writing prompts help even the most experienced writers hit the ground running. With Meg Pokrass and Jude Higgins.
  • Flashing Scientifically with Tania Hershman – no scientific knowledge necessary. A chance to play with science in variety of ways and create some innovative flash fiction.
  • How to be a Flasher with Kit De Waal – a focus on editing.

3.15
Raffle draw. Results of Festival Ad Hoc Fiction contest.

3.30
Tea and official goodbye.

4.00 – 5.30
Late Stayers workshops. Want to stay a bit longer?

  • First Impressions: Work-shopping group facilitated by Michael Loveday – Want some quick feedback on a flash you’ve written during the weekend? Michael will facilitate a feedback group to give you pointers on writing your second draft.
  • Colossal Cliché Challenge with Christopher Fielden – Want your superb cliché-ridden piece to be in a charity anthology? Last chance fast cliché writing in the Cliché Cabin.

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

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