WORKSHOP FEATURE: THIRD VERB TALKS FLASH WRITING
It’s been just over a week since Third Verb’s popular workshop, Writing Short, Short Stories, was instructed by Edmonton publisher and author Jason Lee Norman. Hosted once again at the historic Union Bank Inn, the workshop was full of eager participants ready to jump into the world of flash writing.
Learning Good Habits
Jason gave us an overview of the genre and spoke about the power that exists in writing short, short stories; “Flash is powerful because there’s nowhere to hide in 150-words,” he told us. Participants learned that the same good habits you develop by writing these 1,000 words stories (or shorter!), will help to strengthen the same good habits you need when working on longer projects, like a novel.
We all got to work, starting with developing a six-word story. Next, moving on to a one-sentence story and then finally a six-sentence story.
Workshop participants learned of a few publications that are currently accepting flash writing, including Jason’s own project, the #yegwords coffee sleeve project. In the swag bags were copies of Beautiful Girls & Famous Men by Jason Lee Norman, copies of literary magazines, Glass Buffalo and Geist, writing exercises, and more.
Our Writing Toolbox
Some of the major takeaways from this workshop included:
Our next session, Poetry: The Art of Connection rounds off our Third Verb’s first three workshops. This workshop, which is being instructed by award-winning poet, Lisa Martin, is the perfect way to not only jump into the poetry genre, but also to help any writer learn how to write in a more lyrical way, to add beauty to your prose.
We hope to see you there!