Date: 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21
Format: NMC Classroom
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Class Size: 8-12
Grade Level: Middle School; 6-8th Grades
One of the hardest lessons to learn as a writer is how to say more with less. Mastering the art of concise language will improve your writing, whether you are working on essays, short stories, or even novels.
In this workshop, we will examine very short stories, often referred to as Flash Fiction. First, we will read and discuss a variety of flash stories, learning to examine them as writers. Then, we will try our hand at writing them ourselves, first using prompts, then by assembling and mining our own raw materials.
This class will also have the opportunity to submit work for consideration in the NWS Literary Journal.
About: Karin Killian
Karin Killian is a writer from Northern Minnesota who made stops in Chicago, Mexico, Alaska, New Mexico, Peru, and Ann Arbor before landing in Traverse City. A former Peace Corps Volunteer with undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Spanish, Karin directed a variety of nonprofit and social enterprise projects before earning her MFA in fiction from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Karin’s prose has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Sweet, Hobart, Bayou, Hippocampus and Fiction Writers Review, among other places. Karin has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and her work has most recently been supported by a Carol Houck Smith Scholarship in 2020, a Bread Loaf Scholarship in 2021, a residency at the Tofte Lake Center in 2022, and a residency from Writing by Writers in 2023. She lives in the Central Neighborhood with her two daughters and is currently completing her first novel.