The story was inspired by a poetry exercise that a friend from my writing group shared with our group. It used a tight structural template that I found inspired more creativity than some open-ended prompts, and I went on to use it successfully in both teen and adult writing workshops I taught through Goat Hill Writers. It’s amazing how many different kinds of poems and stories grew out of the same template, and that’s one reason I love working with writing prompts–they take away the anxiety of a blank page and still give you room to take any path your mind can imagine.
If you don’t have a copy of my award-winning flash fiction chapbook, Girls on Film, summer is the time to get one! The chapbook was a winner of the Vella Chapbook Contest and is published by Paper Nautilus. It is normally $8, but from now until Labor Day, I’m selling signed copies through my Etsy shop, Bookish Girl Goods, for just $5.
Some updates from my spring of submissions: my story “Path of Stones” was the finalist in the Bracken Flash Fiction Contest! It will be published in the summer 2017 issue.
Two new stories, “Orange Crush” and “In the Year of Cabbage Soup,” are featured in Issue 3 of Reservoir.
I’ll be teaching flash fiction at Workshop-Palooza, a day of writing workshops in multiple genres, sponsored by Goat Hill Writers.
Goat Hill Workshop-Palooza!
A Day of Writing Workshops
Take any two workshops – Lunch provided
$75 per person or two tickets for $125
School One, Providence
Saturday, March 18th, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Flash Fiction Workshop
I like challenging myself with writing exercises using a tight word count. This story grew out of a flash fiction workshop I taught at last year’s Goat Hill Workshop-Palooza event. The first sentence had been haunting me for a while, and I knew I had to write a story around it. I chose second person plural narration because I wanted to convey the sense of a whole community living among these kidnapped girls, seeing them and yet not seeing them.
Flash fiction news: My story “Three Grandfathers” is included in Issue 18 of Thrice Fiction. The magazine is available as a free download in PDF, Kindle, or ePub format from Thrice Publishing, or as a print purchase.
And more workshops and readings are planned for 2017. I’ll be taking part in Goat Hill Writers’ Workshop-Palooza again this spring! Watch for updates on this full day of writing workshops that lets writers sample different classes.
Happy holidays! I’m giving away a copy of my chapbook, Girls on Film, through Goodreads. Enter by December 23, 2016, for a chance to win a free signed copy.
Goodreads Book Giveaway
Giveaway ends in 7 days (December 23, 2016)
1 copy available, 121 people requesting
Join us Friday, November 18 at Fresh Table on Hope Street in Bristol. We’ll be celebrating the release of my new flash fiction chapbook, Girls on Film, with an evening of local food & drinks, a rapid-fire reading & open mic, and a raffle with unique, bookish, and fun prizes for anyone who buys a copy of Girls on Film.
The book party is from 6:30-8 p.m., and it coincides with the Bristol Merchants Association’s 15th Annual Holiday Preview Weekend, a chance to stroll Bristol’s historic downtown and “shop small” to support local business. The streets will be decorated with luminaries, and you’ll feel as if you’ve walked into a real-life Stars Hollow.
I’ll be available to sign copies, and we’ll have a short reading, Q & A, and open mic. If you can’t make it to the party, you can still stop into Fresh Table anytime and pick up your copy of Girls on Film, grab a cup of coffee, and work on a puzzle while enjoying a piece of pie. That’s the kind of place it is.
Do you need a little nudge to keep you writing through November?
I’m leading a flash fiction workshop that will challenge writers to create five original flash fiction pieces in four weeks. The workshop meets every Saturday in November (except Thanksgiving weekend) and ends the first weekend in December.
Fiction writers, poets, writers new to flash fiction, and experienced writers looking for deadlines, a challenge, and inspiration are all welcome to attend. If you sign up before the end of October, there’s a 25% discount off the $225 fee; sign up with a friend, and one of you can get 50% off.
I’m also offering a limited number of full and partial scholarships to those with financial need. For more information, a registration form, and a link to contact me, visit kathrynkulpa.com/flashfic. I hope to see you for a month of writing in November!