Together We Can Bury It featured at Blue Fifth Review / Workshop Update

my books deskWoke up to a lovely surprise this morning. The editors of Blue Fifth Review have featured excerpts from my collection, Together We Can Bury It (The Lit Pub, 2012), along with gorgeous excerpts from Barbara Jane Reyes’ Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005) and Evie Shockley’s a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006) as part of their Blue Fifth Reviews for the month of July. Very honored. Thanks to Sam Rasnake and Michelle Elvy. You can find the featured works here:

Blue Fifth Reviews (July 2015/#2).

Regarding the Fast Flash© Workshops: I want to make sign ups and payment easy for workshop attendees, so I realized I need to upgrade my website to do so! I am in the process of changing this site over and hope to have it done soon. I’m going to run workshops in August, September, and October to accommodate everyone who expressed interest. Please stay tuned as I get everything organized and in place. I’m so excited to get started!

All best to everyone and have a wonderful last day of July. Enjoy that beautiful blue moon! full moon

First Official Fast Flash© Workshop Coming Soon! Watch this space….

vintage-typewriterI’m very excited. The beta test of my Fast Flash© Workshop was a success! And I’m getting ready to officially launch this two-week intensive, generative workshop. Thanks so much to my beta group, who were amazing! I’ve got a list of writers who’ve already expressed interest. Watch this space for the upcoming (official) announcement. In the meantime, here are some very kind testimonials:

“I feel fortunate that I was allowed to take part in Kathy’s beta workshop in Flash Fiction along with the talented writers who participated. She is as imaginative and energetic a teacher as she is a creator of the form. I had no idea going in that she would find this hairline crack inside of me, help me break through it, and tap into surprising, generative creativity and control. In two weeks she provided enduring lessons on craft, structure, revision, publication, and collaborative opportunities in flash. It was a wild ride and I’d do it again. I can’t recommend Kathy Fish’s workshop experience highly enough. She brings craft together with artistry. If you have an opportunity to work with Kathy, grab it with both hands and hold on tight.” —April Bradley

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“I recently took a two-week intensive class with Kathy Fish on flash fiction and I found it to be one of the most useful writing classes I’ve had.

Each day, Kathy focused on a topic—characters, imagery, titles, opening sentences, etc. She offered short examples to illustrate how other writers had explored this topic, and then she designed a writing prompt around the topic to help us write our own flash fiction story.

Kathy’s writing prompts were close to perfect: specific enough that they were easy to access, and general enough that we were each able to respond with our own unique voice and artistry. The workshop was relentless: there was never time to doubt or second guess—and as a result, by the end of the workshop, I had eight new short stories.

Her feedback was always supportive and encouraging.

I know already this workshop will have a lasting impact on my writing technique, because it offered me a new set of useful, usable tools I can use to create new work.

If you want to to generate new material quickly—material that will come out of you with surprising ease and clarity—take a workshop with Kathy Fish.” Christopher DeWan

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“Don’t let the length fool you. The art of writing flash is particular and requires far more than simply condensing longer pieces or expanding shorter ones. In Kathy Fish’s Flash Fiction workshop, you’ll learn all the tricks of the trade. Not only is Kathy one of the best writers of flash I’ve ever read, she is also one of the finest teachers I’ve ever worked with. She is generous, encouraging and inspiring. In this workshop you will generate new material, refine existing work, and maybe once and for all, learn how to create a damn good title! Whether this is your first time experimenting with the flash form or you have been writing for some time, I highly recommend this workshop.” Lisa Mecham

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“Studying flash fiction with Kathy Fish is like taking a ballet class from Baryshnikov.” Jayne Martin

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“…the two weeks really sparked my brain. I felt more productive during our time than I had in the previous five or six months, and now I have a bunch of little drafts to spend the rest of the summer polishing.” Benjamin Woodard

If you’re interested, please let me know in the comments below! I look forward to working with you!

New work in Change Seven Magazine & The Vignette Review and other news…

Photo credit: Corey Wagehoft https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Photo credit: Corey Wagehoft https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Happy first day of summer! I’ve just completed the first week of the two-week flash fiction workshop and am enjoying the experience immensely! The writers who are helping me beta test it are excellent. They’re posting such inspiring work and are giving each other really insightful feedback. I am thinking of running the first “official” workshop in August, so stay tuned! I’m keeping a list of those who have expressed interest, so let me know if I should add your name.

Some new stories have been published recently in great, new zines, so I’m very excited about that.

The debut issue of The Vignette Review landed today, edited by Abigail Sheaffer, and it’s gorgeous. My piece, “River,” may be read HERE. The issue is bursting with beautiful summer themed vignettes, such as “Salt” by Camille Griep, “Time to Run” by Robert James Russell, and “Ladders Like Silk Stockings” by James Claffey, among others.

Also, I wrote a flash length creative nonfiction piece about my 5th grade music teacher for the 2nd issue of Change Seven Magazine, founded and edited by the great Sheryl Monks.

The piece is called “We Learned to Pronounce Prokofiev” and you can read it HERE. The issue also includes work by: Donna Vitucci, Susan Tepper, Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz, Frank Morelli, Jan Parker, Val Nieman, Eric Rampson, Laurel Dowswell, Patty Somlo, Peter Haynes, Ron Hayes, Rosalyn Marhatta, Allison Grayhurst, Shuly Cawood, Howie Good, Spencer K. M. Brown, Terri Brown-Davidson, Justin Hamm, Dean Pasch, and Corey Noll.

I was thrilled to see this story reviewed at fictionfeed.net. And you may read that review here: “Education, Musical and Otherwise”.

Nancy Stohlman, who hosts Denver’s long-running F-Bomb Reading Series, is launching the first annual National Flash Fiction Festival, July 21st at the Mercury Cafe and it’s going to be HUGE! I will be reading along with the brilliant flash fiction writers, Paul Beckman, Robert Vaughan, Karen Stefano, along with all of the F-Bomb Series All-Stars. I’ll say more about this great event as it gets closer to July 21st but here is the announcement: F-Bomb National Flash Fiction Festival!

Whew! That’s all for now. Hope your summer is off to a great start!

Fast, Fun, and Free: Help me Beta test a two-week generative flash fiction workshop…

vintage-typewriter[HA, OKAY, THAT FILLED IN LIKE FIVE MINUTES…THINK I’LL CAP IT AT THE EIGHT PARTICIPANTS I HAVE NOW, BUT STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE WORKSHOPS! THANKS!] Who’s game? I’m going to run a two-week generative flash fiction workshop right here on my blog beginning Monday, June 15th. I need fellow flash writers (or aspiring flash writers) to help me Beta test this for possible future workshops.

So! The two-week free workshop will include:

* Daily prompts

* Reading suggestions

* Comments & Feedback on your work

* Opportunities to give feedback on each other’s work

* Suggestions on places to submit

The idea is to get lots of new writing done and to make it fun for all of us! I would like to limit the workshop to 5 participants. Respond here if you’re interested!

Some new stories…

Busy week ahead as my youngest daughter graduates from high school (*sniff) and off to a wedding over the holiday weekend. I’ve got some new work recently published in two great places:

Three flashes in the Spring issue of the always beautiful FRiGG:

“The Children Called Him Yuck-Yuck”

“There’s No Time for Prairie Dog Town”

and

“Pulse”

As always, I love the artwork throughout the journal and especially the art accompanying my stories. There is fantastic work you won’t want to miss in this issue, including work by Daphne Buter, Paula Bomer, Patricia Parkinson, and Bill Yarrow. I was especially blown away by Gail Siegel’s beautiful story “Commuting”.

Also, I have two new microfictions in Gone Lawn 17. I love this zine. It is described as “a webjournal of artistic and progressive literature” and they publish the coolest stuff. My pieces are:

“Vocabulary” and “Bear”

I’m happy to have received in the mail Blake Kimsey’s winning chapbook of the Black River Chapbook Competition through Black Lawrence Press, Families Among Us and Karen Stefano’s collection from 1Glimpse Press, The Secret Games of Words. So eager to read both of these amazing writers!

Later this week I’ll post a new flash fiction exercise, so stay tuned. Enjoy your long holiday weekend, all!

New stories in Wigleaf plus postcard with apologies to the state of Nebraska

IMG_1094 (1) copyThis week I have two new short shorts in one of my all-time favorite zines for flash fiction, the wonderful Wigleaf, edited by Scott Garson. The first is a triptych, called “Enigma” and the second is a blocky, one-paragraph flash called “Game Show.” Scott also gives his authors an opportunity to write a postcard to Wigleaf. I’ve never done this before, but as I was on the road when the acceptance came, I actually stopped and got the postcard you see here and wrote exactly how I was feeling at the time. And for that, I have to apologize to the state of Nebraska. I was not feeling kindly toward you when I wrote it and nothing that happened was your fault. Except for the mean clerk at the Oasis Travel Center…

Anyway, here is the link. Hope you enjoy. While you’re there, if you’re not a regular Wigleaf reader I recommend you read the other stories. It’s consistently stellar flash fiction and I’m proud to have my work there. Wigleaf.

Beautiful Smokelong Quarterly: Part Two

And now for the remaining story excerpts from Issue 47 of Smokelong Quarterly, the launch of its beautifully redesigned site. I just continue to find the stories so original and breathtakingly written:

from “Mutable Pleasures” by Meg Tuite: “Attentive lust tasted as salty and unbridled as the wall. I holed myself up with the sock in my room. I sucked on it like a kid with a blanket for a few hours. It edged out the dark skid marks in my mind. Humiliation and anxiety were replaced with distance from school, homework or the need to be social. At some point, the alarm clock ticked out half past two, and I’d been seduced by sections of this cotton gnarled up and balled inside my intestines. I was a snake with a mouse stuck in the middle of me. There was no exit. It wouldn’t come out the other end.”

from “Rabbit” by Natalie Lund: “She emerges from the bushes and pauses, aware of us. It’s the first time she’s watched me and that eye reflects everything: the fear and the shame.”

from “Write Nothing Down” by Molly Faerber: “In the north they curve pocked and pitted, tumble down to pine trees and unplowed snow. We walk all day, stand by the milky waters, count the splay-toed prints in the underbrush. Our breath blurs and thickens in the air, and all around us shards of frozen water ring with cold, glistening.”

from “Map” by Susannah Felts: “Our homes, of sturdy floors and walls./ Slipping daughters’ freed teeth from beneath pillows, acting our parts./ Separated—by the lifted tips of our fingers./ We hammer out other lines.”

from “Rockaway” by Luke Wiget (and my favorite accompanying art by Lauren Crosser): “And he kissed her but couldn’t find anything. He only found her inside of her mouth. There wasn’t a fleck in the world that would convince him anything existed there besides her. The sea waved. Everything waited.”

from “Two Truths and One Lie About Marian ‘Lady Tyger’ Trimiar, Former Women’s Lightweight Champion of the World” by Annie Bilancini: “This Lady Tyger with the future in her strut and their children dancing around her, parrying against the encroaching night: the street lamps are little moons pulled in her wake. This woman is our sister, our daughter, they think. She will fight the battles that need to be fought, and she will win.”

from “Cords” by Gay Degani: “When my mother died, there was no hospital, just the morgue downtown, her little Honda T-boned, the medical examiner explaining she died instantly, no suffering. Can anyone die instantly? Wasn’t there terror in that split-second before? Did time slow down enough for her to deny or accept her fate? Did her life pass by like a hyper-speed movie? Did she miss saying good-bye to me? I asked myself these questions, I asked God, I asked Aaron. There was no harnessing the darkness. I clung to it. God kept silent, my father retreated, Aaron left.”

from “A Deer’s a Deer” by Taryn Tilton: “At dinner, I don’t say much, just tell my mother that everything tastes good. Everything’s actually cold, and we forget to say the blessing. My friend mentions the goats I raised for show, and my father cuts in. “Tell you what,” he says to me, “you and your animals, smost disappointing part.”

from “Nancy” by Coco Mellors: “Nancy is sensitive because she belonged to my grandmother, who is dead now, and who let her have her own electric blanket because the house was often drafty and cold. “Nancy is my reason for being,” she would say and pat her under the blanket.”

from “Antarctica” by Michelle Elvy: “The sky is heavy metallic: the hour before snowfall. He pulls his collar tight and heads home and when he gets there his wife’s standing naked in the kitchen. It has started to snow and the only colour in the room is the orange of her fingernails. The snow falls and they can’t get warm, no matter how hard they make love.”

Whoosh. So that’s that. Go read, if you haven’t already…