I had the fortune to see an early draft of Goblin, and I can’t wait to get the book in my hands 🙂
This weekend I’m going to take part in the Liverpool Artist Book Fair: I have new Artist Books to show and get feedback on and I’m excited!
Next week there will be a much needed update to the blog, with all my latest news, photos, and links to my brand new RedBubble and Etsy shops (shameless, I know 🙂
More precisely, a cover I drew for the Creative Non Fiction competition “Tales from Within” (CNF on Stem Cells)
The event will be on Wednesday 23rd October 2013, 7.00 for 7.30pm.
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB
“Brave New Words: a celebration of words and science
For millennia, the sciences have fired the imagination. We react to the world around us with awe and curiosity. In order to understand and experience it, we tell ourselves stories. Some of these stories we describe as fiction and some as non-fiction. But all stories, just like all science, can teach.
These stories, once spread as myths and folklore, now come in the form of prose, comics, blogs and poems. But questions arise about how best to communicate science. How accurate must writers of fiction be? Can non-fiction authors be inventive or poetic? What forms are most effective at imparting knowledge and which are best at gripping the imagination?”
One international event for writers keen on flash fiction:
The National Flash Fiction Day: 16 May 2012
This event, organized by writer and lecturer Calum Kerr, celebrates the short story form. Check the website to know what events are being organized and where, how to get involved, competitions and more. You can also find Calum on Twitter: @calumkerr and follow National Flash Fiction Day here: @nationalflashfd
To me, short fiction starts from the drabble – strictly 100 words only (stipulations can be made for including or excluding the title from this word count), then moving up to double or triple drabble. From 500 words upward it’s definitely flash fiction, up to the 1500/2000 words, and then we enter the realm of short stories. Others may think differently, though.
What’s your take on flash fiction and short fiction?
I want to read more in the field of short stories, but I do have one short stories collection to recommend:
I had the chance to meet Robert Shearman during my CW MA. Yes, he came with the shiny aura of being that Robert Shearman, Daleks writer extraordinaire (TV geeks unite), and also with the warmest personality and copies of his short stories collection. He signed it, I read it, I loved it. (I will review it in this blog soon).
As to flash fiction, have you written any? I have, and love it. The form is incredibly precise and restrictive, especially if you go for the strict word count, as I do. And yet, as the Oulipo theorists have shown, constraints can and do promote creativity, forcing writers to come up with innovative ways of writing. To know more about the Oulipo, you can check their website here (in French), a list of books written by Oulipo writers on the website Conversational Reading, and yes, wikipedia if you have to 😉
Do you like constraints in your writing (a fixed word count, a set theme, etc)?