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SmokeLong April Intensive

January 16, 2022

Join Christopher Allen, Jennifer Wortman, and Shasta Grant for an Intensive April!

This four-week workshop is asynchronous (no live sessions), so you can participate at the time of day most convenient for you. You will work in small groups of seven, and the workshop leader will be present in the small groups, giving encouragement and guidance as you draft.

The SmokeLong Intensives are appropriate for writers who want to draft quickly. You will receive a writing task each weekday of each module. You should give feedback to your groupmates within 2 days. Though the workshop leader will be in the small groups and involved in discussion, please do not rely on the workshop leader to initiate discussion. Your thoughts are golden.

At the end of each module, you will have the opportunity to submit a draft to the workshop leader for feedback (a total of four drafts).



Price: $290 (Available in the SmokeLong Shop)

Participants: 21 (working in small groups of 7, remixed for each module)

If you book this workshop, you will be able to book A SmokeLong Summer for $140 later (it is not necessary to pay or book now). This is a significant discount off the regular price of $320.


The Modules:

Module One (April 4-10): Drafting Flash: Five Techniques (Christopher Allen)

In this module we’ll experiment with five techniques, each a unique way to approach the flash narrative. We’ll disrupt the way we draft and the way we think about writing the form.

Module Two(April 11-17): Harnessing Voice (Jennifer Wortman)

In this module, we’ll explore the magic of voice: What is it and where does it come from? How can we harness it to make our stories sing?

Module Three (April 18-24): Stick the Landing (Shasta Grant)

In this module, we’ll examine and experiment with strategies to craft meaningful endings that resonate with readers.

Week Four (April 25-May 1): Editing the Flash Narrative

During the last week of the workshop, one of the workshop leaders will be active in each small group, discussing elements of editing flash narratives.

Workshop Leaders’ Bios:

Christopher Allen is the author of the flash fiction collection Other Household Toxins (Matter Press, 2018). His work has most recently appeared in Fictive DreamThe Best Small Fictions 2019, Booth, and Gone Lawn. Allen is a nomad.

Jennifer Wortman is the author of the story collection This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love. Her work appears in TriQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Electric Literature, Brevity, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfictions, and elsewhere, and has been cited as distinguished in Best American Short Stories. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and MacDowell, she lives with her family in Colorado, where she teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and serves as associate fiction editor for Colorado Review.

Shasta Grant  is the author of the chapbook Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home (Split Lip Press, 2017). She won the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest and the 2016 SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellowship. She has received residencies from Hedgebrook and The Kerouac Project and was selected as a 2020 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow. Her work has appeared in cream city review, Epiphany, Hobart, wigleaf, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and divides her time between Singapore and Indianapolis.


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High Intensity Interval Training for Flash Writers with Ingrid Jendrzejewski

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Bring a pen, lots of paper, and your water bottle: this is a high-intensity guided-writing work-out designed to kickstart creativity, and push you into new territory, and exercise flash muscles you didn’t even know you had.

Maybe you’re stuck in a story and looking for a way to proceed.  Maybe you’re looking to generate new ideas.  Maybe your inner editor is holding you back.  Maybe you’re in a rut or have writers’ block or are just wanting to shake things up a bit.  This session is designed to tackle all these issues and help you level up your flash fitness.  Writers of all backgrounds and experience levels warmly welcome; come along, roll up your sleeves, and trust the process.