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The Engine of Narratives: Openings, Metaphors, and Characters
The Engine of Narratives: Openings, Metaphors, and Characters

Instructor: Tommy Dean
Author of Hollows, A Flash Fiction Collection 
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Format: Zoom

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"The plots, themes, characters, language and tone – even in pieces that are predominantly or entirely fictitious – have all been influenced by my life in the real world. In this sense, increasingly so, the person I am cannot be separated from the words and worlds I create." -- Tommy Dean

Join author Tommy Dean for a 2 hour generative writing session focused on The Engine of Narratives: Openings, Metaphors, and Characters.Make dreading the blank page a thing of the past!   There are many ways to write a story, but these three elements can make the writing easier and more dynamic.  We'll look at model texts and get inspired by the writing prompts! Past students have published stories inspired by my prompts in today's best literary magazines. Will you join them?

Tommy Dean is the author of two flash fiction chapbooks Special Like the People on TV (Redbird Chapbooks, 2014) and Covenants (ELJ Editions, 2021), and a full flash collection, Hollows (Alternating Current Press, 2022). He lives in Indiana, where he currently is the Editor at Fractured Lit and Uncharted Magazine. A recipient of the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction, his writing can be found in Best Microfiction 2019, 2020, 2023, Best Small Fiction 2019 and 2022. His work has been published in MonkeybicycleLaurel ReviewMoon City ReviewPithead ChapelNew Flash Fiction Review, and many other litmags. He has taught writing workshops for the Gotham Writers Workshop, The Writers Center, and The Writers Workshop. Find him at and on Twitter @TommyDeanWriter.


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