My new online workshop, Experimental Writing Exercises for Wild Flash Fiction, begins May 1st and runs for one month.
You’ll be writing from various unusual exercises created to expand the way you approach stories. I’ll be posting 2 exercises per week, 8 total for the month. This workshop is designed for busy writers and it’s go-at-your-own pace. Maximum word count for stories in this workshop: 600 words. Cost is $90 returning, $100 for new students. If you have questions about this course or would like to sign up, please e-mail me.
I am so grateful to Meg for her mind bending prompts. —Melissa Goode
Meg Pokrass is a seriously awesome teacher. Something about her writing prompts tap directly into my writing mojo, they are creative and fun and filled with play, I never feel like I am working too hard, but at the same time produce my best work. Basically all my recently published stories have been ones I’ve written for or have been inspired by Meg’s workshops. She’s the best, as are my classmates, who have given such great feedback.
Meg is not only brilliant, she’s supportive and encouraging. This creates a classroom vibe that’s filled with comradery. Her classes are perfect for writers at all levels, from the beginning to the experienced. —Leonora Desar
“Recently, I wrote a 200-word story… and a brilliant editor, Meg Pokrass, helped make smart, delicate cuts.” —Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture
“I don’t write short fiction, but Meg encouraged me to try my hand. I did have a failed poem sitting around that I just couldn’t wrangle into shape, so I pulled it out of form and began to work on it like a story. I sent it to Meg and she did a fantastic job of editing the piece. It was published in SmokeLong Quarterly. Meg wrote me that the piece was later chosen by Wigleaf Top 50,long listed as one of the best shorts on the web. I thought that would be the end of it, but then she wrote again and asked for more so I went back into my files and found another failed poem. With Meg’s super fine editing skills, was also published.” —Dorianne Laux
“Meg Pokrass is a writer with a gift for mentoring, encouraging and teaching others some of the many roads into the writing world. I am indebted to her for the inspiration her writing prompts have provided me over the past several years.” —James Claffey, author, Blood a Cold Blue: Stories.
“Lets see: She takes personal interest in her students. Sticks her neck out for them. Hints and nudges them forward gently without aggressive editing. Gets excited on reading their work. Drops too many “wowzers”. Doesn’t talk about herself and her own writing. Gets them critiquing each others’ work. Yes. Meg Pokrass is a terrible mentor.” —Jamal H. Iqubal, Writer, Producer, Designer
“Meg Pokrass is a creative force. Her prompts get you writing–and excited to write–and her editorial suggestions are first rate. After taking her flash fiction workshop, I published three stories in prominent flash journals within months. Work with Meg. You’ll get results.” —Beth Keefauver, author
For more information on workshops, courses, and private tutoring, please send an e-mail to Meg at megpokrass(at)gmail(dot)com
Not sure yet? You may want to read some of Meg’s craft essays for free online:
At Talking Writing: Flash Novella Writing