Drs Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler gave a ‘Crafting Flash Fiction’ workshop for The Friends of the Chester Literature Festival at The Little Theatre on 16 February 2017.
They spoke briefly about their work for the International Flash Fiction Association (IFFA), read out an exemplary flash (‘Tracks’, by David Swann), a ‘flash flop’ (by Anon) and their ‘Dos and Don’ts’, then set several exercises:
- Write the opening of a flash that hooks the reader.
- Write an interesting description of a character.
- Write a sentence about a setting that intrigues the reader.
- Write a drabble (a flash that is exactly 100 words) that perhaps draws on the first three exercises.
Peter and Ashley were very impressed with the writing, especially the pieces that focused on small details.
For information about The Little Theatre: http://www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk/
And the IFFA: http://www.chester.ac.uk/flash.fiction