Spring Craft Intensive: Venita Blackburn


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Voice and Time in Flash Fiction with Venita Blackburn
Sunday, June 9th
10 AM – 1 PM PST/ 1 PM – 4 PM EST

Flash fiction is in many ways an entry point to story-telling because it encourages the kind of precision and thematic understanding that all compelling fiction must have. The form wastes no time immersing readers in all the elements of narrative with a special emphasis on time. Flash fiction can span a few seconds, generations or even millennia. This workshop will emphasize development of stories with a focus on making great and small leaps through time in very short spaces as well as developing and recognizing a unified sense of character through syntax, diction and use of objects.

The scholarship for this intensive has already been awarded.

BIO: Venita Blackburn’s work has appeared in newyorker.com, Harper’s, Story, McSweeney’s, Apogee, Split Lip Magazine, the Iowa Review, DIAGRAM, Foglifter, Electric Literature, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Paris Review, and others. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize in fiction for her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes in 2017. She is founder of the literary nonprofit Live, Write (livewriteworkshop.com), which provides free creative writing workshops for communities of color. Blackburn’s second collection of stories is How to Wrestle a Girl, 2021, finalist for a Lambda Literary Prize. She is an Associate Professor of creative writing at California State University, Fresno.