Upcoming Classes

Crafting Flash Fiction: Pack a Punch in Fewer Words with Tyler Barton

  • Monday, July 12-Sunday, August 15, 2021
  • Pay What You Can $50-200
  • Asynchronous class with no required live sessions for class participation
  • Update: This class is full and registration is closed

A form as old as fiction itself, flash (prose under 1,000 words) has become a staple of the current literary landscape. Squeezing a story into 4 pages can be a challenge, but formal restrictions have the magical quality of bringing about innovation.

In this class, we’ll read, discuss, study, and write flash stories to learn skills that can be used in any literary genre—compression, surprise, lyricality, and nontraditional plot structure. Through readings, exercises, peer encouragement, and instructor feedback, we’ll experiment and grow in the small but fertile environment of the flash story.

Tyler Barton‘s debut story collection, Eternal Night at the Nature Museum will be published by Sarabande Books in November 2021. He’s the author of the flash fiction chapbook, The Quiet Part Loud (2019), winner of the Turnbuckle chapbook Contest from Split/Lip Press. His flash fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, Copper Nickel, and Wigleaf, and has been anthologized in Best Small Fictions 2020, Best Microfiction 2020, and Best Microfiction 2021. His flash story, “Alight” won the Southhampton Review 2021 Short Fiction Prize. Find his work at tsbarton.com, and find him @goftyler.

Registration & Payment

Because times are extra tough right now, ACW is offering this class at a Pay What You Can rate, thanks to the generous support of the Lake Placid Education Foundation. If you are able, please consider selecting the $150 or $200 rate to ensure ACW can continue bringing classes like this one to community members like yourself. Registrations are limited, so make sure to register early!

Prefer cash or check? Select deferred payment in the registration form and send a check made out to Adirondack Center for Writing, P.O. Box 956, Saranac Lake, New York 12983.

Did you know? You can give a class to a loved one! Simply enter your payment info and select “gift option.”

About the classes

Each season welcomes a new batch of talented teachers and developing writers from all over the world. The Adirondack Center for Writing’s online classes are easy for you to participate in from your own computer. All you need to participate is a web browser — there’s no technical software involved, so you can work whenever is convenient for you.

Interactive readings, resources, and assignments are the heart of each class. Every student will receive personal feedback from the instructor on their weekly assignments. We welcome any level of writer to join the online writing classes, and offer courses for a variety of genres. Visit the FAQ page for more info about the online writing classes.

Student Testimonials

“Before this class, I had a “loose almost lost” assortment of fiction stories and because of Leah, I pulled the old ones together, re-worked them and wrote a few more.”

“I was a teacher for thirty years, and I can tell you that Julia Shipley knows her stuff and is willing to share her knowledge. She works to better student writing. She’s efficient, friendly and enthusiastic.”

“I have taken 8 online courses from One Story, Grub Street, and Gotham City. Julia Shipley’s preparation and presentation were the most thorough of all.”

“The class was the perfect amount of challenge, stimulation and fun.”

“I loved this course. It forced me to work at my edge. Jessica Hendry Nelson gave detailed feedback. I took risks and learned a lot.”


Previously Offered Courses

The Adirondack Center for Writing has offered a long list of online writing classes with an amazing group of teachers, including the following:

Let’s look forward to the future together

Help ACW continue to support you through the coming months. The future might feel overwhelming, but ACW is committed to infusing joy into your life with upcoming programming! With your continued support, ACW can offer new online classes every month, story nights, a discussion series, writing workshops for teens, and more for all ages.

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