Flash Fiction Writing Workshop

with Cyn Vargas

Writing Classes in Chicago

Class Info

Flash fiction is a story that moves a reader in 1,000 words or less. There is a great market out there for flash fiction. It's time to get your short piece on the page!

This two hour creative writing workshop will focus on voice and movement by participating in word exercises and in-class writing. You will learn the elements of a flash piece and receive a list of literary magazines that focus on flash fiction.

This workshop is for writers of all levels. Come with an open mind and leave with a story! The class size is small, so that everyone has time to write and read back. Instead of technique, focus on being creative and have fun!



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    Franki Jo B.

    Left 5 months ago
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    I had a really great time at the flash fiction workshop. If you are a writer like me, or not a writer at all, Cyn does a great job of reminding (or informing) you of the most important elements of writing. She takes time to break these all down and pin-points how they play a role in story telling. Trust in her process and you'll have a great time while learning your strengths and weaknesses.

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    Lauren S.

    Left 5 months ago
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    Cyn was great! Kept a great schedule and was very clear with how to go about writing fiction. I would absolutely take another class with her.

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      Meghan I.

      Left 6 months ago
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      Cyn is awesome. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I signed up for this class, but I am so glad I did. Cyn helped me with story ideas that I already had as well as give me new ideas for writing material. Since everyone typically has different schedules and things going on, Cyn helps you at your pace while still trying to push for deadlines. Cyn has opened up a lot more opportunities for me than just writing.

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      5:00pm - 7:00pm
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      Cyn Vargas' debut short story collection, On The Way, is forthcoming from Curbside Splendor Publishing in Spring 2015.

      Cyn holds an MFA in Creative Writing- Fiction from Columbia College Chicago. She is the winner of the 2013 Guild Literary Complex Prose Award for Fiction. She has, also, received a Top 25 Finalist award & an Honorable Mention award in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers contests.

      Her work has appeared in Word Riot, Split Lip Magazine, Hypertext Magazine, and elsewhere. She writes because it's her way of legally exposing herself in public.


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