We’re firing up the next issue of the Noveltown Review in conjunction with some cool colleges including UC Riverside, where I will be teaching a 4-day course on flash fiction. Writings from the course will be included in the next magazine issue, which will have non-fiction and memoir as its main focus.
Although we passed on our summer issue, our fall Review edition is a definite and we're excited.
As editor of the magazine I can say I won’t be completely orthodox with what I will be teaching or looking for from student writers in the UC Riverside Extension Program course.
That allows for full student experimentation and creativity with words.
I think the most important aspects of the class will be twofold: writing, and a lecture/workshop I am preparing on creativity. I will be blending creative writing theory with my own in how students can submerse themselves in the culture of writing, be writers, think like writers, and transform themselves both intellectually and creatively.
I will also be talking some about a new American-bred literary movement.
So get your writer friends together and carpool down for two great weekends of writing and creative transcendence.
Flash Fiction for Publication
Course: CRWT X421.5
Ever get the urge to write something quickly? With flash fiction techniques, the writer writes a short, short piece filled with all the elements of a great story. In this workshop, through reading, writing and discussion, students learn how to write a concise, vivid, character-dominant, drop-dead captivating piece of fiction on a subject they choose. Discussion explores the history and theory of flash fiction, genre (fiction, creative nonfiction), voice, length and editing. Students have the opportunity to have their work printed in a student section of the "Noveltown Review," an independent literary magazine based in Bakersfield. Writers of all levels are encouraged to attend.
Date/Time: Fri., 6-9 p.m. & Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 19 & 20 (4 meeting/s)
Location: University Extension Center - Room TBA, RIVERSIDE
Text: "No Text Required,"
Click here to purchase course.
*Update: The course had a nice mention in the UC Riverside Extension Program September Newsletter:
New class teaches the art of brevity
What is old is new again. Writing for the Internet has resurrected an age-old art form practiced by O. Henry and Ernest Hemingway. UCR Extension's new Flash Fiction class will show you how to write a full story with the fewest words possible. Enough said.
2008 nick belardes