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Writing Funny Fiction

Monday 29th January at Beaufort Bookshop, 1 Beaufort Place, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RP

10.30 am – 1.00 pm Cost: £28. Pay via paypal or any card on the paypal button below. 7 places left.

Meg and Jude reading at the inaugural flash fiction festival in Bath, which Jude directed last June

Come to a workshop with Jude and Meg Pokrass and try out some different ways to introduce humour into your fiction. Funny character observations and actions, irony, surreal moments, timing, pace and odd linguistic connections, all contribute to stories that make you laugh.

We’ll introduce exercises and prompts, look at examples and you’ll have some fun writing.

Suitable for beginners and experienced writers of both short and longer fiction.

Meg Pokrass is well known for her darkly comic short fiction. She is an extensively published writer of flash fiction with three collections in print, Bird Envy, Damn Sure Right and The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down. She is editor of The New Flash Fiction Review, curator of Flash Fiction Festivals, UK and runs very popular on-line courses on all aspects of short fiction. She is currently judge of the novella-in-flash award for the international bathflashfictionaward.com. Find out more about her and check out her highly inventive writing prompts and the courses she currently has on offer on her website

One of Jude’s first published flash fictions, was a humorous piece which won an honorary mention in the Fish Flash Fiction prize in 2014 and appears in their anthology for that year. Two bizarre characters coming together over a lottery ticket. She introduces humour into many of her fictions. She can’t seem to help it.

Twelve people maximum. Book soon.




Hot house

This week’s prompt by Jude

Write about an encounter between two people in a hothouse, beside the giant lily pads. Could be crime, could be romance, could be something else entirely. Add a frog if you like.

Want to get started on submitting short fiction to magazines and competitions? Come to our session on Building a Writing CV. Beginners & experienced welcome. November 7th.

Fast and slow

This week’s prompt by Jude.

 

Write an updated version of the story about the tortoise and the hare. Use people instead of animals. Write your first  draft fast, edit slowly.

 

 

 

Want to come to our writing sessions? We’ve three new writing events for the autumn open for booking now. Fun and friendly. Beginner and experienced writers welcome.

Building your writing CV

Getting short fiction published in literary and commercial magazines, and winning or being placed or listed in competitions are good ways to build your writing CV and become visible as a writer. In the first half of the session, Jude and Alex will offer suggestions about different opportunities to get published for both beginner and experienced writers.

In the second half, local award winning writer, Joanna Campbell, will talk about her route to publication in several different genres and answer questions.

Tuesday November 7th in the Pavilion room at Hall and Woodhouse Bath.

10.30 – 12.30 pm

NOW SOLD OUT. Please email to go on waiting list

 

Joanna Campbell’s  stories have appeared in numerous competition anthologies and literary magazines. In 2015, Brick Lane Publishing released her debut novel, Tying Down The Lion, and she also became the winner of The London Short Story Prize. In 2016, her solo short story collection, When Planets Slip Their Tracks, was published in hardback by Ink Tears. It was subsequently short-listed for The Rubery International Book Award and was long-listed for The Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her novella-in-flash, A Safer Way to Fall was a runner-up in the Bath Flash Fiction Award inaugural novella–in-flash contest and is published in the collection of the three winners, How to Make a Window Snake. See her work on joanna-campbell.com and tweet her @PygmyProse.

 

Jude’s short-short fictions have  won or been placed and listed in many different competitions and she is published in National Flash Fiction Day anthologies, the Fish Prize Anthology, Cinnamon Press, Flash Frontier, Great Jones Street, The Blue Fifth Review, The Nottingham Review, Severine and Halo literary magazines among other places. Her debut flash fiction pamphlet, The Chemist’s House has recently been published by V Press. She’s a champion of short story competitions as a way of supporting writers and runs Bath Flash Fiction Award and co-runs Bath Short Story Award.

Alex’s short stories have won prizes in several competitions including first prize in the 2009 Frome International Short story competition. Six of her prize winning stories are in her online collection ‘Holding On’Other stories are published in the anthologies : The Amazing True Adventures of Totally Normal People  and ‘Tales of Psychotherapy’  Her short stories have also been published in commercial magazines. Currently, her  story ‘Rain’ is in the latest issue of In the Moment and another story is forthcoming in the same magazine later this year.

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