Surreal and Dreamy Flash Fiction Workshop Begins Oct. 3

Back by popular demand, Meg’s “Surreal and Dreamy” online flash fiction workshop will begin again October 3rd and runs through November 1st.

Need a writing boost? Consider enrolling in Meg’s  “Surreal and Dreamy” Workshop” from October 3- November 1st. Strange, original prompts will be provided by Meg P! The flash fiction course will be held in 2 secret Facebook groups. Details: $80 for 4 weeks. I’ll be posting 2 prompts per week, 8 total for the month. We will read and comment on each others stories. Comments in my workshops always remain encouraging and insightful. The Word count limit for stories written in this workshop is 600 words max.

For more information or to sign up for this course you can e-mail me with subject line “Surreal and Dreamy Workshop”.

Trying Not To

Write a story in which the main character is trying not to do something and is fighting a very tough uphill battle. For example, write a story about a person who is trying to resist the urge to smoke. Let’s see the struggle.

Song Prompt

Choose a title of a song you recently heard.  Then, remember 5 words from the song. Write a story that incorporates both the title of the story (or you can use the title of the song as the working-title)  and try to use at least 5 words from that song. The story doesn’t have to have anything to do with what the song is about.

Weird Facts That You Remember

Write a story that incorporates random facts that you remember.

This William Stafford poem sets a nice example:

Things I Learned Last Week

by William Stafford

Ants, when they meet each other,
usually pass on the right.

Sometimes you can open a sticky
door with your elbow.

A man in Boston has dedicated himself
to telling about injustice.
For three thousand dollars he will
come to your town and tell you about it.

Schopenhauer was a pessimist but
he played the flute.

Yeats, Pound, and Eliot saw art as
growing from other art. They studied that.

If I ever die, I’d like it to be
in the evening. That way, I’ll have
all the dark to go with me, and no one
will see how I begin to hobble along.

In the Pentagon one person’s job is to
take pins out of towns, hills, and fields,
and then save the pins for later.

Holidays and the Unexpected

We all know that holidays bring unexpected moments. In my family, usually the toilet broke, or the dog would somehow devour the best part of our celebratory supper. In my first marriage, we’d always have a huge fight on Valentine’s Day. We actually came to expect it.

Write a story about a holiday brimming with unexpected moments.  Or better yet, write a story about a holiday with at least 3 unexpected moments.