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Carroll County: Over in a Flash—Writing Short Short Fiction for Publication

April 14, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

The “Over in a Flash—Writing Short Short Fiction for Publication” session will provide an overview of the various very short forms published in contemporary literary journals. Characteristics of the form and examples from The Best Small Fictions 2017 will be discussed. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in hands-on exercises, such as brainstorming ideas in response to a visual prompt, generating first sentences that capture the reader’s attention, and writing a complete 5-minute fiction. The session content and suggested markets for short short fiction will be included in a handout, and attendees should leave with a better sense of striking short short forms as well as some raw material to refine at home or wherever they find inspiration.

Bio:  Barbara Westwood Diehl is founding and senior editor of The Baltimore Review. Her fiction and poetry have been published in over sixty journals, including Quiddity, Potomac Review (Best of the 50), Measure, Little Patuxent Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gargoyle, Superstition Review, NANO Fiction, Per Contra, Thrush Poetry Journal, MacGuffin,Tishman Review, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.