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Illuminating the Dark: Flash Fiction with Anna Potter

March 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until March 28, 2020


** Please note: this intensive seminar will now be taught online using Zoom, given that the public health concern surrounding coronavirus will prevent an in-person class. Zoom is a very user-friendly platform to facilitate online classes using a computer. Expect to receive login instructions from your instructor prior to the class date. **

This class will meet on Saturday, March 21 from 12:30-2:30pm, and on Saturday, March 28 from 12:30-2:30pm. (The $124 cost is for all 4 hours. If you are interested in the class but can only attend one date, the cost will be $62 — please reach out to [email protected] to confirm and arrange.)

This intensive generative workshop on the joys of writing flash fiction. If novels are baggy monsters (shout-out to Henry James), then flash fictions are sea sparkle, the bioluminescent plankton that light up when agitated. The best flash uses the condensed form as a way to express emotion that would get obscured by too many details. We do not always need to know the particulars of a character to grasp their most desperate desires, their regrets, their fear that what is lost might never be found. We’ll read a range of flash pieces for inspiration, and we’ll practice techniques for revising for punch and clarity. We will also discuss the many journals who are accepting submissions for flash and what editors look for in flash. Poets, fiction, and creative nonfiction writers are all welcome.

Anna Potter is a former James Merrill House fellow and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She is a professor of English at Dutchess Community College and a bookseller at Little Joe’s Coffee & Books in Katonah, New York. Her work has appeared in in Jellyfish Review, Spilled Milk, phoebe, Contrary Magazine, jubilat, and elsewhere. She can be found online at: annapotter.org & @_anna_potter


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March 21
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States