Sculpting Flash Fiction June 4-25: earlybird discount for one week only!

June 4-25, 2018   (NOTE: This will be the last live course I run until the fall.)

SCULPTING FLASH FICTION Online Course

Editing is the most important part of the writing process. As serious writers, you know it’s through the editing process that we begin to refine and sculpt our messages.But just as writing flash fiction requires a different set of skills, so does editing flash fiction.

article-2337449-1a32cffb000005dc-882_634x439In this 3-week intensive we will use the tools of ambiguity and implication; we will learn the different between chipping and chopping; we will learn how to shrink-wrap and swap text. You will learn how to achieve the specific needs of flash fiction as I guide you and other participants to edit your real works in progress.

Participants should have a basic understanding of flash fiction and come to the class with flash pieces already in progress. Each participant will have the opportunity to submit 1-2 stories per week.

This is an online workshop format class with limited availability.

Cost: $125

Earlybird discount for 1 week only: $115 if you register before May 28!

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Contact me with questions at nancystohlman@gmail.com

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Need Summer Inspiration? Introduction to Flash Fiction (Self-Paced) Course

Are you flash-curious?

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Maybe you are already in love with these tiny stories. Maybe you come from another tradition and are eager to try your hand at the form. Either way, this course is your invitation to flash fiction.

Flash fiction is redefining how we tell stories. By embracing this compressed form, all writers–from poets to novelists to nonfiction writers–are cultivating a new set of skills and creating an entirely new kind of story.

In this course you will try new approaches to the compressed narrative, examine what makes successful flash fiction, and generate your own original flash pieces.

This is an extended version of my 3-week live workshop which writers always said “went too fast!” It has 5 Units and I’m offering some bonuses including a private Facebook space to converse with other writers taking the course. As a self-paced class you can go at your own speed through the lectures, examples and assignments.

The cost is $97 and this gives you 12 full months of access to all the materials.

Bonus! Register before May 31 and receive a free 500-edit (redeemable before Dec 31, 2018)

This course is open to writers with all levels of experience in the form, whether you are brand new to flash fiction or a veteran flasher looking to hone your craft.

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(It may take up to 24 hours to receive your access code)

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Springtime in Italy Writing Retreat!

 

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13th Century Tower

Is it on your bucket list to write in a castle? Join Kathy Fish and I in the beautiful Palazzo Forani in the Italian countryside, May, 2019!

Click HERE for more information!

This 7-day 8-night retreat will feature generative classes, workshops, craft talks, and one-on-one mentoring sessions as well as plenty of inspired individual writing time.

Tues May 8: I’m featuring at Punketry!

Which basically means I’m going to read my weird stories while Black Market Translation plays weird music. It’s all going to be very synergistic and spontaneous and wonderful!! Check out the video of past performances below:

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ALOC Media, LLC and Punch Drunk Press present “Punketry” at Mutiny Information Cafe. Second Tuesday of every month.

Mutiny Information Cafe

2 S Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80209

4 featured poets performing to improvised psychpunk music by Black Market Translation.

Featured poets for Punketry night:
Idris Goodwin
Garen Lavender Whitmore
Changa Hernandez
Nancy Stohlman

Hosted by Sarah Rodriguez
$5 suggested donation
Seats at 7, show begins at 7:15pm

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“The Awakening” in Digging Through the Fat

The Awakening by Nancy Stohlman

Read original at Digging Through the Fat

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After the Rapture, the people were waking up, but I’m not sure what that meant, and I’m not even sure they knew what it meant, and I never trusted anyone who claimed to have woken up. My friend claimed to have woken up a few months ago, but she still seemed like a bitch to me. And, even at Starbucks, they would stare at you, and if you weren’t awake they wouldn’t draw a heart in your latte foam.

I started to see someone about it privately because I was getting worried that I should have woken up by now—if my neighbor, who loves NASCAR, was now awake as he had claimed when we were both at the mailbox on Thursday—hey, guess what, I woke up! he said—then surely I should be awake.

But then a new movement started to discredit those who were awake, claiming there was no science behind it, after all, and “awake” was subjective, and by the way what is wrong with sleep?—sleep is scientifically proven to be good for you—and pretty soon everyone claimed that lucid dreaming was more evolved, and people started sleeping 18 hours a day and taking classes where they would try to meet each other inside of dreams and a new café called Asleep opened next to the Awake café and they served chamomile and valerian drinks and everything was cushioned and comfy and if you fell asleep anywhere, in class, on the train, people would assume that you were on some spiritual path.

And of course, I talked to my guy again because I didn’t know if I should be awake or asleep now, and he said to become asleep while waking was the true goal.

Pretty soon a rock shattered the front glass of Asleep café, and everyone assumed it was the awake folks, and some people thought it was a provocateur, an asleep person who wanted to frame the awakes and turn public opinion against them. Splinter groups further divided–those who claimed to be both asleep and awake as well as radical groups that never slept or never woke. And people had no idea who was awake and who was asleep and so people were afraid to interact at all.

The government, or what was left of it, called a state of emergency. Pretty soon all the awake people decided they should leave. So they all got on boats and trains and buses and left. And the asleep people felt sad they had no one to fight with and some of them wondered if maybe the awakes had been right all along and they tried it and woke up. While the people on the boats and trains, free from the pressure of always having to be awake, finally fell asleep.

Art by C. Alvarez

Sculpting Flash Fiction May 7-28

May 7-28, 2018

SCULPTING FLASH FICTION Online Course

Editing is the most important part of the writing process. As serious writers, you know it’s through the editing process that we begin to refine and sculpt our messages.But just as writing flash fiction requires a different set of skills, so does editing flash fiction.

article-2337449-1a32cffb000005dc-882_634x439In this 3-week intensive we will use the tools of ambiguity and implication; we will learn the different between chipping and chopping; we will learn how to shrink-wrap and swap text. You will learn how to achieve the specific needs of flash fiction as I guide you and other participants to edit your real works in progress.

Participants should have a basic understanding of flash fiction and come to the class with flash pieces already in progress. Each participant will have the opportunity to submit 1-2 stories per week.

This is an online workshop format class with limited availability.

Cost: $125

Contact me with questions at nancystohlman@gmail.com