Lynn Levin’s “Flash Fiction: A Primer”

Lynn has posted this concise and thoughtful introduction to writing flash at the recently started Texture Press wiki.

(The wiki has just gotten started–but you can see where Texture is headed with it–a resource for writers, readers, with entries written with a bit of personality!)

Lynn Levin offering courses at Musehouse


Check out the fall offerings at Musehouse in Mt. Airy.

Lynn Levin is offering two four-week courses in October, one on working with prompts for poetry writing, and the other in writing poems using short forms (triolet, rondel, and so on).

Amongst others offering workshops this fall are Kristina Moriconi, Grant Clauser, and Leonard Gontarek.

Here’s their full catalog:

Intensive Workshop at Poets House (July 26/27)

Lynn Levin and I are offering a workshop at Poets House (in NY). It’s a two-day intensive (4 hours on each day) happening on July 26/27 (Saturday 2-6/Sunday 12-4).

Here’s the workshop description:
We have within us our own stories, memories, and artistic influences—the subject matter for poems—and often all we need is the right kind of creativity-boosting prompt to help us shape that material into a poem. Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin, co-authors of the new craft-of-poetry text Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (2013), will conduct a weekend workshop exploring several of the unique prompts in their book. We will find inspiration and guidance in these prompts, which are all classroom and workshop tested. This fun, positive, and supportive workshop will include some in-class writing and sharing. No poetry experience is required;

Report on Lynn’s Workshop at Huntington Valley Library

Here’s Ruth Deming’s blog report on the workshop she attended this week given by Lynn Levin at Huntington Valley Library. Ruth not only gives an account of the workshop, but shares some of her new poems.

Thanks, Ruth, for giving us permission to share–

Kelly McQuain (on cinquain exercise)

All semester I have been hammering in the notion to use image, image, image to convey ideas in my students’ writing projects. Today we used the cinquain exercise in my creative writing class. The adherence to syllabics forced them to prioritize image and to be concise. I am looking forward to using more exercises soon. –Kelly McQuain, Associate Professor of English, Community College of Philadelphia