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Write Beyond the Lightbulb - Glorious Words
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How do we choose the right words to sharpen up our prose? How do we make our writing unique without it becoming obscure? Is the road to hell really paved with adverbs? This flash fiction course explores language in all its guts and glory, focussing on unique images, concision versus specificity and how to create original tone.

 

Upcoming Course Dates

The course is split into two distinct halves. In the first week, you'll be encouraged to work through the course materials at your own pace. In the second week, you'll have access to a workshop space to share your writing and feedback on pieces created by other course participants.

Week 1 (course): 15th - 21st November

Week 2 (workshop): 22nd - 28th November

Booking will open up soon. If you would like to be added to my priority list, please send me an email at matt@mattkendrick.co.uk

Price

This is a pay-what-you-can workshop. The recommended price is £75. Where this is prohibitive, please pay what you feel you can afford. As a workshop facilitator, I am committed to opening up writing opportunities to people from all backgrounds based on ability to write rather than ability to pay.

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Topics

1: Specificity (precise, incisive word choice)

2: Imagery (similes and metaphors)

3: Tone (register and voice)

4: Miscellany (odds and ends)

The course is presented through a mixture of reading and visual material with preparatory exercises leading towards a final flash fiction challenge for each topic. As well as exploring fantastic examples of glorious words in action, we'll take short detours away from the literary world to see what we can learn from art, photography and the history of language.

Each topic is designed to be worked through in roughly three hours. The course is flexible and fully online to allow course participants to work at their own pace and to fit the course around their other commitments.

To allow writers of all speeds to get the most out of the course materials, participants will be given access to the course website one week before the course start date and will continue to have access for two months after the end date of the course.

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Forum

During the course, you'll have access to a forum where you can connect with other participants, discuss readings and share the micros you'll be creating in each topics' preparatory exercises.

Workshop

In the second week, course participants will be invited to take part in a workshop where you can upload between one and four flash fiction pieces created as part of the course. This is an opportunity to give and receive feedback from other course participants in a low-pressure, friendly environment.

Feedback

You'll also get detailed feedback (a 300-400 word structural summary plus in-line comments) from the workshop facilitator on two flash fiction pieces.

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Workshop Facilitator

Matt is a writer and editor based in the East Midlands, UK. His short fiction has appeared in Bending Genres, Cheap Pop, Craft Literary, FlashBack Fiction, Fictive Dream, Lunate, Spelk, Splonk, and elsewhere. He has placed or been listed in various writing competitions including Bath Flash Fiction, Flash 500, Reflex Fiction, Retreat West and Leicester Writes. His story 'Life in the Colliery' was included on the Biffy 50 list for 2019-20 and another story 'a list of things that are white' was included in Best Microfiction 2021. He has also been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize.

He works as a freelance editor and creative writing tutor, drawing on his knowledge of languages and other art forms to inform his workshops on lyrical writing and glorious words.

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Other Information

 

The course is designed for writers of all levels but, to get the most out of the materials, it is suggested that you should have some prior familiarity with reading and writing flash fiction. While the course is geared towards the study and generation of flash, the techniques and skills acquired should also be useful for writing longer form and non-fiction pieces.

The course is hosted on a Google website using Google groups and Google drive to enable the forum and workshop elements . To access materials, participants will need to have a Google account. If you don't already have one, you will be sent information on how you can set one up following sign up for the course.

The terms and conditions for the course can be found here.

Booking will open up soon. If you would like to be added to my priority list, please send me an email at matt@mattkendrick.co.uk