Date: June 27, 2022

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Duration: 4 weeks

Level: Beginner | Emerging |

Cost: €120 (€108 Members)

All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time.

Course Summary

The most distilled prose form, flash fiction relies on suggestion—layered meaning that is off the page. Utilising the strangely familiar, yet not quite right, immediately engages the reader’s subconscious and adds emotional depth. Participants will read and discuss examples of uncanny flash fiction, learning how to incorporate techniques that can enrich their own work. Four areas provide inspiration: real-world, fairy tales/mythology, history and science/science fiction. Short bursts of writing time will generate initial drafts, with students having the option to submit full drafts for comprehensive individual critique.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction, reading and analyses of real-world based uncanny flash fiction. How strange elements enhance each story and why they work. Writing prompts inspire participants journey into real-world weirdness.

Week 2: Examples of flash fiction incorporating fairy tales and mythology are considered as pathways to add emotional resonance. Prompts provide participants the opportunity to test their own interpretations.

Week 3: Reinterpreting history through a fractured lens is the focus with discussion of examples on how they do or don’t work. Prompts will fuel ideas.

Week 4: Science and Science Fiction are ripe subjects for unsettling flash. Examples will be discussed, and sources given for idea generation. Participants will use prompts to try-out flash fiction in this inspiration area.

Course Outcomes

Participants will gain techniques to harness the uncanny in four subject areas for flash fiction with greater emotional depth. Post-course individual critiques are available to participants on up to 1000 words of material generated during the workshop.

Marie Geth­ins’ flash fiction has fea­tured in NFFD Anthologies, Flash, Jellyfish Review, Banshee, Fictive Dream, Mslexia, Litro, NANO, FlashBack Fiction, Wales Arts Review, Synaesthesia, The Incubator, The Nottingham Review, Spelk, Ellipsis Zine, Words with JAM, Paper Swans, 101 Words, and others. She won or placed in Words-on-Water, Dromineer, Allingham, Dorset, TSS, Flash500, The New Writer, and Prick of the Spindle. Selected for 2020 BIFFY50, 2021 Best Microfictions, a British Screenwriters Award, Pushcart and Best Small Fictions nominee, she critiques for the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize and is an editor of the Irish flash ezine Splonk.