09/03 Writing Flash Fiction with Kate Sayre

Date: First class is Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm Number of sessions: 4 -- Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24 Members: $120 Nonmembers: $144 Location: The NEW Ink Spot, NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego, CA 92106

Write “small” with Kate Sayre’s multi-session class!

In this fiction class, we will read, discuss, and closely study stories that are considered “flash” fiction, i.e. fiction of extreme brevity between 300 and 1,000 words.  Essentially, we will say more by saying less.

By boiling down stories to their essence, we will become stronger writers in general. We will learn to convey character, a narrative arc, and emotional resonance in very few words. We will hone and sharpen our work, learning to write with more precision, force, and surprise, making every word count.

In this class, we will learn by doing, but we will also read a range of important contemporary writers to better discover ways to realize our goals. We will think about how each story we read does what we are trying to do and we will determine exactly why (through examining sentences, images, actions) the story does it well.


kate sayreKate Sayre holds an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the University of Florida, a nationally-ranked creative writing program. She has taught Creative Writing and Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Florida, Texas State University, and Miami University in Ohio. Before becoming a writing teacher, she taught English as a second language in France, the Czech Republic, and Taiwan. She recently moved to San Diego, where she teaches and works as a freelance writer.

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