Pushing the Boundaries of Form with Hermit Crab Flash with Cheryl Pappas
How can the ordinary forms we use in our daily lives–such as receipts, shopping lists, crossword puzzles–be used to create compelling fiction? In this workshop, Cheryl Pappas will first share some stellar examples of hermit crab flash, defined as a type of flash that borrows familiar forms to tell a story. Then, participants will write their own hermit crab flash through a series of prompts. You’ll have a chance to share what you’ve written (though it’s not required!). We’ll discover the joy that happens when these “boring” forms are brought to life in the creative process. Writers will come away with three drafts to polish on their own for publication. This class is open to all writers at all levels of experience. Join in for a positive, supportive, and productive session!
Date Saturday, May 14: 7 AM PDT / 10 AM EDT / 3 PM BST / 7:30 PM IST
Cheryl Pappas is an American writer living outside Boston. Her stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Juked, SmokeLong Quarterly, HAD, and elsewhere. She is the author of the flash fiction collection The Clarity of Hunger (word west press, 2021).
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