Pamela Painter is the award-winning author of five story collections and co-author, with Anne Bernays, of What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Five Points, FlashBoulevard, Harper’s, Michigan Quarterly Review, Pangyrus, Ploughshares, SmokeLong Quarterly, New Flash Fiction Review, and ThreePenny Review, among others, and in numerous anthologies such as Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, and New Micro. Painter’s stories have been presented on National Public Radio, appear on the YouTube channel CRONOGEO, and have been staged by WordTheatre in Los Angeles, London, and New York. Painter’s newest collection of stories is Fabrications: New and Selected Stories from Johns Hopkins University Press.

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SESSION: Write Night | The Mystery and Magic of Flash Fiction Prompts

Join this evening’s Write Night host Pamela Painter to experience the magic of prompts. You can come for the full 90 minutes or just tune in when it works for you. But do come ready to write on the spot.

A prompt is like a jolt of adrenaline; it catches you unaware and shakes loose a story. You might be asked to write a title with twelve words or begin a story with a first line such as “I think my sister is a zombie.” You will be given prompts for six or seven different stories that already have an unstable situation and a short amount of time to respond to each prompt. There will be time for hearing several story beginnings from participants or even a full 150-word story. This session will be fast-paced and exciting and most of all, productive.