Online Story Structure Writing Workshop with Alison Woodhouse


In My Beginning is My End: Structuring Your Short Fiction
In this session we will look at how to make a short story feel satisfying and complete. We will be analysing stories, looking at techniques such as repetition, symbolism and imagery that writers use to create a semantic field of meaning, so that the end of the story is both surprising yet inevitable. We will then look at how to practice this in our own writing.

Date Sunday, January 30, 5 AM EST / 10 AM GMT / 3:30 PM IST

About Instructor
Alison is a writer and creative writing tutor. Her short fiction has won a number of competitions and many other pieces have been placed or shortlisted. Her stories are widely published both in print and online. Her debut Novella in Flash, The House on the Corner, was published in 2020 by Ad Hoc Fiction and her flash fiction collection, Family Frames, was published in 2021 by V Press. She has an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Bath Spa and is one of the team who organise the Bath Short Story Competition. She teaches creative writing at CityLit. You can find out more about Alison on her website http://www.alisonwoodhouse.com

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The Smallest of Fictions Online Writing Workshop with Gaynor Jones


Mastering Microfiction with Gaynor Jones
Come and learn how to write the shortest of short stories – the micro. In this workshop we’ll study stories of up to 100 words that still have movement, tension and emotional impact. This will be a fast-paced, insightful and invigorating session crammed with examples, prompts and exercises that will teach you the skill of leaving just enough story on the page and leave you bursting with ideas. Once we’ve written some stories, you will have the opportunity to share your writing (not compulsory!) and receive feedback, and you’ll also be given some ideas on where to submit. Suitable for writers of all levels in a friendly, positive and supportive environment.

Date Sunday, February 20, 10 AM EST / 3 AM GMT / 8:30 PM IST

About Instructor
Gaynor is an award-winning writer who has had tiny stories published by Paragraph Planet, AdHoc Fiction, 50 Word Stories, Funny Pearls, FlashBack Fiction and the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology. http://www.jonzeywriter.com

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It’s Like Improv But For Amazing Writing – Prompt Crew

What’s this show about?
One prompt, a thousand possibilities. Join KB Carle, El Rhodes, Lindz McLeod and Sage Tyrtle for two hours of inspiring writing. Four very different writers respond to the same prompt – what different worlds will we create?

How will the show work?
Sage will give a writing prompt with the help of audience volunteers, and all four writers will respond. At home, you get to respond too. The four writers will read the results of their work, and Sage will randomly pick one volunteer from the audience to share their response to the prompt. We’ll keep on writing words until the two hours are up, and everyone goes home with AWESOME new writing, inspired and cheerful.

Where did this show come from?
Sage Tyrtle and her illustrator son never miss Illustration Isolation, an online show that features up to six artists responding to the same prompt. Although Sage is a writer, not an artist, she found watching the dramatically different responses to the same prompt so inspiring that she began to wonder if she could set up a similar show specifically for writers.

Who’s in the Prompt Crew?

KB Carle
K.B. Carle lives and writes outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her stories have appeared in Had, Good River Review, Bending Genres, Waxwing magazine, and have been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. She can be found online at http://kbcarle.com or on Twitter @kbcarle.

El Rhodes
El Rhodes is an archaeologist who also writes. Her prose has appeared in 40 anthologies, has placed in more than 60 competitions, and can be read in a wide range of journals. Recent work has been nominated for the #BIFFY50, the Pushcart Prize and the BOTN. She tweets @electra_rhodes

Lindz McLeod
Lindz McLeod is a queer, working-class, Scottish writer who dabbles in the surreal. Her prose has been published by/is forthcoming in Hobart, Flash Fiction Online, the New Guard, Cossmass Infinities, and more. She is a member of the SFWA and is represented by Headwater Literary Management.

Sage Tyrtle
Sage Tyrtle’s work is available or upcoming in X-R-A-Y, Pithead Chapel, and Cheap Pop among others. She started writing on an IBM XT in 1986, had an online journal in 1995, a podcast in 2005, and hasn’t owned a smartphone since 2014. She hopes she’s still an early adopter, but this time of an analog-based life.

When does this show happen?
February 5, 10 AM EST / 3 PM GMT / 8:30 PM IST

How long is this show?
Two hours.

How is this show presented?
This show is online, live, and interactive. We’ll gather on Google Meet, which is very similar to Zoom and has built-in closed captioning. I will send you the link for the show two days before it happens.

Will this show be recorded?
No, this show will not be recorded.

What is the Crow Collective?
Crow Collective workshops are by the writing community, for the writing community. The prices are low so they are more accessible, and there are two free spots (if needed).

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Online Writing Workshop: Exploring Imagery


Exploring Imagery in Flash and Short Fiction
What are the stories that stick with us? That make us want to reread them, just to linger over the lines? In this workshop with Farhana Khalique, we will explore different extracts and writing exercises that focus on unique imagery and building layers of resonance, with a view to developing our own stories. Farhana will also share some of her own writing processes and experiences of going from inspiration, to idea, to draft, to publication.

Date Saturday, February 12, 11 AM EST / 4 PM BST

About Instructor
Farhana Khalique is a writer, voiceover artist and teacher from south-west London. Her stories have appeared in the* National Flash Fiction Day Anthology 2021, Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Anthology 2020, Reflex Press, Lighthouse, Litro, Popshot and more. She is also the editor of Desi Reads and a submissions editor at SmokeLong Quarterly.

Registration Opens January 1. Click here to grab your spot.

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