Dreams into Flashfiction, New Year series

Even a tiny dream of a muddy lane in winter sun can be material for many fictions.

    Bring your snippets, fragments or longer dreams and join my six-week series on Zoom. Each week, you’ll transform a little dream into one or more micro fictions or longer flashes using different methods. There’ll be time for feedback on participants’ dream-fiction drafts submitted in advance and for discussions on recurring dream themes and images which could be of interest if you are writing a collection or a longer form of flash fiction, such as a novel or novella. If you don’t often have dreams, you can still come. Often a weekly dream focus produces an impulse to dream and any waking sensation, however transitory, can be worked on as a dream. Fun and friendly.

    You can pay for the whole series, £90. Or can pay-as-you go at £15 per session. This group will be closed at 12 participants. Payments for UK writers by bank transfer. And overseas writers via paypal.
    Begins Sunday 10th January 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm. Five subsequent Sundays – January 17th, 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th.

I hope the day and time will accommodate writers from around the world. To find out more about some of the writing exercises I’ve created to work with dreams, read the conversation I had at Flash Frontier Doors Issue, with Jungian Analyst Siobhan Collins, which includes an example of a short simple dream of mine I used when I was teaching a dream session at the Culturama festival recently. It involves tomatoes and shows a couple of ways I turned the dream into different fictions.

    To join contact me via my email copied here asap.
    If you want to join my on-going weekly Tuesday sessions which are restarting on Tuesday 12th January from 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm GMT on Zoom, contact me on the same email. Pay as you go at £15.00. An experienced group of flash fiction fans. Room for a couple more. Writing prompts, feedback and a weekly focus on different aspects of flash fiction.

Dreams into Fiction, a workshop for Culturama

Culturama, a weekend arts festival at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California is all online this year. Organiser and professor at the College, John Brantingham, prolific writer of amazing poetry and flashfiction, who was a runner up in the 2019 Bath Novella in Flash Award, with his novella Inland Empire Afternoon and who, with poet, Grant Hier gave a fantastic workshop at our 2018 Flash Fiction Festival, has asked me to run a workshop. I’m very happy to be running another version of my popular Dreams Into Fiction workshops, on Friday November 20th from 9.00 am – 10.30 am PST, which is 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm GMT. All welcome from around the world and it’s FREE. You just need to register on the site. The arts festival actually runs over three weekends in November and many great workshops are on offer.
My workshop will be a fun and interactive and you’ll come away with three drafts based on your dreams and new ideas to write more.
To get you thinking in advance, why not look at this photograph I took from the garden of my house as if it were an image from a dream you had last night. What’s the story?