Workshop - Brevity: The Art of Flash Fiction
By Verena Tay
Presented by The Storytelling Centre Limited.
All patrons are required to purchase tickets for admission.
Admission is subject to proof of tickets purchased.
Duration: 3 hours including a 15-min break
Latecomers advisory: All latecomers must wait for a suitable cue for seating.
All footwear to be left outside the venue door
NO refunds, NO cancellation, NO exchange of tickets.
Recommended for adult participants ages 16 and above.
Strictly no admission for those below 15 years.
Emerging and experienced writers.
People with significant life experiences, who wish to personally record them in a meaningful manner.
Wanting to write fiction, but don’t know how to start? Already creating stories, but having trouble condensing your thoughts down within a word count? Or are you fascinated by very short stories and simply want to try your hand at developing one?
Brevity is the answer to your search! In this hands-on workshop, you will first review what constitutes the elements of fiction in general and flash fiction in particular. Next, you will examine various forms of very short stories and some approaches/styles that writers have used for their flash fiction. Drawing inspiration from these texts, you will then be led through various writing exercises to create your own 6-word story, 3-line novel and other types of flash fiction.
Whether you are a new or seasoned writer, Brevity will definitely spur your creativity. You will leave the workshop with a better grasp of how to handle characterization, conflict, story arc, pace, etc. within a tight word count, thereby allowing you to write very short stories that engage your reader more effectively.
Participants must bring their writing materials and/or laptop/tablet.
Please ensure that your devices are fully charged.
Please bring your own portable chargers.
A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all participants who complete the full workshop.
Certificates will be handed out at the end of the workshop.
ABOUT THE TRAINER:
Verena Tay (www.verenatay.com) has written and published two collections of short stories and four volumes of plays. To date, she has edited twelve story anthologies, including the popular Balik Kampung series published by Math Paper Press. Since 2011, she has conducted numerous writing workshops for the National Library Board, National Book Development Council of Singapore, the Ministry of Education and other local organizations.
Verena holds three Masters degrees in English Literature, Voice Studies, and Creative Writing and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing with Swansea University. An Honorary Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (Aug–Nov 2007), she was a Writer-in-Residence at Nanyang Technological University (Aug–Nov 2018). In addition, she is a seasoned theatre practitioner, an experienced teacher of storytelling, speech and presentation skills, as well as an accomplished storyteller that has delighted audiences in Singapore, Scandinavia, Australia, Malaysia, Wales, and the US.
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO RECORDING RULES:
Unauthorized photography, video and audio recording is not permitted for this event.
The organizer will be documenting this event through photo and video recording, for archival and publicity purposes.
Directions to Block O, Goodman Arts Centre/Parking information/ Public transport information (https://www.goodmanartscentre.sg/visit/direction/)
Enter by Carpark B – Block O is the dark grey shipping containers. Unit #01-58 is on the ground floor of Block O.
Please come dressed comfortably. You may be required to participate in exercises while seated on the floor. Please bring a sweater as the room might get cold.
ACCESS: Wheelchair Accessible
Block O of Goodman Arts Centre has a ramp suitable for wheelchair users, and an accessible toilet facility.
FOOD & BEVERAGE:
Cafe Melba is located at Block N, Goodman Arts Centre. The nearest McDonald’s Kallang and KFC is a 15-min walk, the Old Airport Road Food Centre is a 20-min walk.
Drinks vending machines are available, (please bring sufficient coins). It is advisable to bring your own drinking water.
There is no storage space at the venue. Bulky items (large bags, etc) are not permitted in the venue.
You will be requested to leave such items outside the venue door.
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