Leap into Writing June


Everyone is welcome. If accommodations are needed to attend, please contact the library administrative office at 920-886-6315 or by email at library@neenahlibrary.org at least 24 hours in advance of the program.

Leap into Writing

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Have you ever wanted to write but couldn’t find the time? Or you didn’t know where to start? Or you didn’t think anyone would read your work so what’s the point?

If you’ve had any of these thoughts Neenah Public Library’s new program “Leap into Writing” is for you! Begin with a writing prompt, write a flash fiction piece between 500 and 1,000 words, and get feedback from fellow authors.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Using that month's writing prompt as a starting point, write a complete flash fiction piece between 500 and 1,000 words.
  2. Email your story as a .PDF to zaborowske@neenahlibrary.org.
    1. Flash fiction should be formatted in 12-point, Times New Roman font. Single spaced.
    2. Please include YOUR NAME and a TITLE of the Flash Fiction and WORD COUNT! NO more than 1,000 words.
  3. After you submit your flash piece, you will receive info regarding the meeting date.

May Writing Prompt is: "Write a Dynamic Character Who Changes"

How to write a dynamic character who changes?

Examples of dynamic characters.

Still lost? Watch "The Breakfast Club"

This month we will be receiving feedback from Kristin Tenor.

Kristin Tenor is a writer and editor who finds inspiration in life’s quiet details and believes in their power to illuminate the extraordinary. Her flash fiction and short stories have appeared in various literary journals including The Midwest Review, Wigleaf, Flash Frog, Bending Genres, Milk Candy Review, X-R-A-Y, Emerge Literary Journal, among others. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction, and the Pushcart Prize as well as longlisted for Wigleaf’s Top 50. In the past, she has served as a volunteer reader for Spry Literary Journal and as the editor-in-chief and flash fiction editor at CRAFT. She and her husband call Wisconsin home.

Flash Fiction must be emailed to zaborowske@neenahlibrary.org before midnight on June 1st! Flash Fiction should be formatted in 12-point, Times New Roman font. Single spaced. Please submit your Flash Fiction as a .PDF. Please Title your Flash Fiction and include your Name and Word Count. Include your name and library card number in the email. After you submit, you will receive info on the upcoming feedback session.

What is Flash Fiction?

Flash Fiction is more than a super short story. When writing flash fiction, keep these guidelines in mind:

  1. Flash fiction usually focuses on 1 or 2 characters.
  2. Flash fiction should focus on 1 MOMENT or SITUATION. Think minutes instead of days, weeks, or months.
  3. Don’t try to cram an entire short story into flash fiction. It won’t work.
  4. Avoid excessive backstory or exposition. Jump right in!

Still have questions about flash fiction? Here is a wonderful resource with many great examples.

May 01, 2024 @ 07:00 pm
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