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Writing Workshop Big Stories From Few Words

Working-Class Writers Festival
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Hillfields Library, BS16 4HL  |  Free

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Flash fiction (very short stories), is an increasingly popular form for both novice and experienced writers. It’s also a great, low cost gateway into writing and publishing for people from working class and marginalised communities. This workshop shows how the art of concision can be use to create big stories from few words, and how it can improve your writing style – from novels to non-fiction. The workshop combines fun writing exercises and interesting stories to analyse in a relaxed, no-pressure environment. 

This workshop will take place in Hillfields Library, Summerleaze, Speedwell, Bristol, BS16 4HL.

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K.M. Elkes is the author of the short fiction collection All That Is Between Us (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019) which was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award in 2020. His short stories have won, or been placed, in international writing competitions including the Manchester Fiction Prize, Royal Society of Literature Prize, and the Bridport Prize. He was longlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2019. His work has appeared in more than 40 literary anthologies and journals, on BBC radio, and on school curricula in the USA and Hong Kong. He is a short story tutor for Comma Press and runs his own online writing courses. As a writer from a rural working class background, his work often reflects marginalised voices and places. He is currently writing a debut novel.

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This event takes place at Hillfields Library. Attendees will need to book in advance for all events and activities. This is so that we and hirers can control numbers, which must be no more than 50% of the normal capacity. Online ticket booking is via Bristol Libraries Eventbrite. Please note that Eventbrite is a third-party service that is not owned or managed by Bristol Libraries. Please review Eventbrite’s terms and conditions and Privacy Policy as we do not accept any responsibility or liability for the policies.

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