We have two events in November, our Flashathon immediately below, and further down, our Flash Fiction ‘Noir’ Evening of Readings.
Sat. 25th November
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Free tea, coffee, biscuits.
Bring a packed lunch.
Limited to 20 places.
Booking confirmed by email.
November is the month of Nanowrimo – write a novel in the month of November – and for several years it has also been the month of Namicrowrimo (National Micro Writing Month). The goal is to write a flash fiction a day for the 30 days of November. In honour of this event, we’re holding an intensive flash fiction writing day. In the morning we’ll offer a series of prompts so you can complete several first drafts. In the afternoon, we’ll get you editing your pieces. If you’re a beginner come and try out the form, if you’re a flash fiction addict and have missed a few days of the November flash fiction challenge, this is a place to catch up. You’re sure to go away with at least six new micros.
Meg Pokrass is well-known for her highly inventive prompts and currently runs several popular online courses. She judged Bath Flash Fiction Award in June 2017, the inaugural Bath Novella-in-Flash Award and is also judging the second Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. Meg was festival curator for the first ever Festival of Flash Fiction held in Bath last June and is a a flash fiction writer, poet, writing tutor and flash fiction editor. Her books include flash fiction collections, Bird Envy (2014), Damn Sure Right (Press 53 2011) and The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down (Etruscan Press 2016) and an award-winning book of prose poetry Cellulose Pajamas (Blue Light Book Award Winner 2015). Among her many other publications, she has a flash-fiction novella and essay on the form in My Very End of the Universe, Five novellas in flash and a Study of the Form published by Rose Metal Press. Her new flash fiction collection, Sex in Siberia will be published in 2018.
Jude Higgins has taught creative writing at Writing Events Bath since 2009 and is a flash fiction writer, tutor, mentor and event organiser. Jude was Director of the Arts Council funded Flash Fiction Festival in Bath, June 2017 is the founder of the Bath Flash Fiction Award, co-runs the Bath Short Story Award and organises regular flash fiction readings in Bath. Her flash fictions have been published widely in magazines and anthologies and she has won, been placed or listed in many flash fiction and short story competitions. Her debut flash fiction pamphlet, The Chemist’s House, was published by V. Press, 2017.
Jude and Meg worked together running prompt-based workshops at the Flash Fiction Festival and Jude ran an early morning dream session there to inspire writers to turn their dreams into fictions.
Flash Fiction ‘Noir’
Evening of Readings
Sat. 25th November
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
late bar, free snacks
St James' Wine Vaults
10 St James St
for your name put on the door.
A special November event in honour of NaMicroWrimo – National Micro Writing Month – where you’re challenged to write a flash each day for the month of November.
Now the nights are drawing in, come and listen to some darker-themed flash fictions. A variety of styles of short short fiction from two of our regulars Meg Pokrass and K M Elkes and four other guest readers – Damhnait Monaghan, Christopher Stanley, Jason Jackson and John Wheway. All writers will be reading for ten minutes each. There’s a break in the middle to buy drinks at the bar.
Meg Pokrass is a flash fiction writer, poet, writing tutor and Flash Fiction Editor. Her books include flash fiction collections, Bird Envy (2014), Damn Sure Right (Press 53 2011) and The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down (Etruscan Press 2016) and an award-winning book of prose poetry Cellulose Pajamas (Blue Light Book Award Winner 2015). Among her many other publications, she has a flash-fiction novella and essay on the form in My Very End of the Universe, Five novellas in flash and a Study of the Form published by Rose Metal Press. Meg has recently moved from the United States to England. She was the judge of the June 2017 Bath Flash Fiction Award and is also judge of the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award.
KM Elkes began writing in 2012 and his work has since been published in more than 15 anthologies (including Bath Short Story and the National Flash Fiction Day anthologies). He has won short fiction prizes in Ireland, the UK and North America, including the Fish Prize for flash and been shortlisted twice for the Bridport Prize. His stories have appeared in literary magazines including Structo, Litro, Nottingham Review, Brittle Star, Bare Fiction and in Unthology 10. He also teaches flash fiction and has nearly finished his first collection. He is the current editor for the A3 Review Arts Magazine and offers an editorial critique service for short fiction writers.
John Wheway writes poetry and short fiction, and has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. He was a prizewinner in the Bristol University Poetry Institute’s ‘Likenesses’ competition and has been shortlisted in other competitions including the Bridport, the Fish, the Tall Light-house, the Munster ‘Fool for Poetry ‘ and the Paper Swans pamphlet competitions. His experimental prose chapbook The Green Table of Infinity appeared from Anvil, and Faber and Faber published his novella Poborden. He has a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University.
Damhnait Monaghan is a Canadian now living in the UK. Her flash fiction has placed in several competitions and last year won the Brilliant Flash Fiction ‘Special Delivery’ competition. Her stories are published or forthcoming in A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed: 2016 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, Flash Frontier, Spelk Fiction, The Fiction Pool, Ellipsis Zine, Fictive Dream and Inside the Bell Jar. She’s on Twitter @Downith (which is also how to pronounce her first name).
Christopher Stanley lives on a hill in England with three sons who share a birthday but aren't triplets. His stories have been published by The Short Story, The Molotov Cocktail and Retreat West. Follow him on Twitter @allthosestrings
Jason Jackson writes short fiction and poetry. He also takes photographs. He hopes to find time in a busy life to get better at all three. Find links to his published work at Jason Jackson - trying to find the words Jason tweets @jj_fiction