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David James Poissant on writing the short-short story

 
David James Poissant

David James Poissant

During a Friday morning workshop at the 2010 Clarksville Writers Conference, David James Poissant used a short amount of time to get across to attendees the ins and outs of the Short-short story.

A Short- Short is the new minimalistic approach to the Short story. In today’s media driven culture a new way of writing is approaching. It’s quick, to the point, and packs a big emotional punch. Its called “flash pieces”. Fiction that takes risks. It gets in and gets out. It’s brave, bold, and takes chances. For aspiring writers it’s a quick way of getting out a story as well as testing their writing skills in description and dialog.

David James Poissant drawing a normal story's plot line before showing the Short-short story's  plot line

David James Poissant drawing a normal story's plot line before showing the Short-short story's plot line

Poissant is a published and award winning author from the University of Cincinnati. During his workshop several short short pieces were discussed and analyzed. David James Poissant lead the discussion in a room filled with writers and aspiring writers from across the United States, the mood was casual with  open conversation and a welcoming environment that sparked thought provoking questions and the opportunity to discuss opinions in a relaxed way.

He  also helped launch the Sonora Review yearly writing contest. The Sonora Review is a literary journal that is put together by graduate students in the creative writing department at the University of Arizona. The Poetry contest has a grand prize of $1,000 and publication in the Sonora Review. The deadline for this year’s contest is December 1st. So if you are interested in entering click over to their website http://sonorareview.com/ and learn more.

Attendees at David James Poissant's morning session

Attendees at David James Poissant's morning session

Attendees of the Clarksville Writer’s Conference receive a real education from real professionals who are out there doing exactly what they want to do, and they are more than willing to give the attendees the tools they need so they too can reach their literary goals.


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