Welcome to another week of well rounded ups. If you’re not reading and writing flash fiction by now, you may as well be illuminating giant letters on vellum and chaining your books to your desk. You are behind the times, in non-fancy words, and to get up to speed, head out to the NSW Writers’ Centre for a lesson from Seizure’s very own Alice Grundy.
Flashers: Writing Short Short Fiction Seminar will be held on the evening of Tuesday the 21st of October. All you need is a pen and paper, your beautiful greyish-pink brain matter and the imagination that was gifted to you by the cosmos. For those of you unaware, Alice is the brilliant editor and mind that started Seizure’s weekly Flashers column (and is also Managing Editor at Giramondo). Grab your tickets over here for the opportunity to receive encouragement and feedback from the indomitable Ms. Grundy.
For those of you new to flash fiction, examples can of course be found right here on seizureonline.com (or you can just go ahead and click on my name, whatever). For inspiration, check out NPR’s Three Minute Fiction, a monthly listener competition which ran regularly up until June of last year. The winning submissions are available to stream, runners up have to be read with your eyes.
If you’re into flash fiction and pulp fiction, then check out The Flash Pulp Podcast. Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week, the podcast delivers new fiction to your ears, only 3 to 10 minutes in length. Lovers of old timey, mid-century radio should enjoy. The rest of you can keep listening to Nerdist.
On Wednesday 15 October, 8–9pm, Tom Wilson, current Seizure Flashers editor, is curating a Late Night Library evening of flashy fun. Patrick Lenton, Oliver Mol, Hannah Story and Robyne Young will all be on deck, and if it’s anything like the other Seizure library events, it’s going to be fun. Book tickets here.
[But before that, Toby Fitch is hosting All Cut Up, a night of collage poetry and madness on Wednesday the 1st of October, 8-9pm. Tickets here.]
I am the one who opportunity knocks
As mentioned last week, the National Young Writers’ Festival launched the 2014 program. If you feel like getting amongst it and volunteering, apply here, especially if you would like to wrangle small wunderkind-type writers, as they are in need of help with the Younger Writers Program.
Also, here is an enormous list of writing opportunities from Aerogramme Writer’s Studio. Odds are you’re ineligible for most of them, but rejection’s part of the game. Buck up.
And here's a little something from our Agony Aunt, giving a list of all the ways you can actually help that author in your life – in case you thought moral support was enough.
It’s not going to read itself
Here’s a depressing infographic letting you know how long it will take you to get through that growing pile of ‘to read’ books you keep looking at and sighing over. And here’s the Washington Post telling you to read slower to ease stress and increase comprehension, so it’s going to take even longer now. Hold all my calls.
Of course, if you can’t be bothered reading, here’s a helpful article from Maria Popova on how to talk about books you haven’t read. e.g. The Road is fantastic, isn’t it? Those roman candles just will not go out. (I’ve read half, ok?)
Until next fortnight, I have been your cowgirl, and you have been an indiscriminate mass joined to my words by pixels, fibre optics, and probably dark magic.