Creative Constraints: A Flash Fiction Workshop

Confronting the emptiness of the blank page can be exhilarating; inventing characters and conflicts that didn't previously exist are hallmarks of good fiction. But sometimes even the best writers get stuck, and staring at the blank page can start to feel intimidating if you don't know where to begin, who you’re writing about, what happens, or how the piece will end. This workshop operates under the premise that working within or around a constraint can actually stoke the fires of creativity and help get the ink flowing.

In this course, participants will tackle different writing prompts in order to produce 4 flash fiction pieces of 1,000 words or less. Each week we will collectively develop a prompt to guide your writing (e.g., start your story with lyrics from your favorite song; have your character steal something made of wood in the first 100 words; end the story with the word “bone," etc.), and the following week we will read what everyone produced and offer our thoughts and interpretations. By the end, you will have several flash fictions ready to revise and, if all goes according to plan, submit for publication.

This workshop will be 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in person on the OSU-Tulsa campus.

Speaker: Eric Howerton

Speaker Bio: Eric Howerton is a writer and professor at OSU Stillwater. He holds a PhD in fiction and literature from the University of Houston, an MFA in fiction from the Pennsylvania State University, and has published short stories, flash, experimental work, restaurant reviews, and magazine features. He welcomes writers of all genres and levels to his workshop, and strives to create a space where authors feel inspired and encouraged to continue honing their craft.

Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22nd.