PLEASE HOLD: Silence and Tension in Flash Fiction
w/ Alissa Hattman
At first glance, it may sound like a paradox—how does language express its absence? In this workshop, we will consider that question and examine the art of silence through sample readings, discussion, generative writing, listening and sharing. We will think about the types of silences in short-form writing, who or what is silenced, and how silence builds tension; finally, we will write into the secret silences, what Ada Limón describes as a “silence that comes back, a million times bigger than me, sneaking into my bones and wails and wails and wails until I can’t be quiet anymore.” In a supportive, collaborative space, this workshop will focus on short-form fiction, but is open to all.
ALISSA HATTMAN is a writer and teacher living in Oregon. Her flash fiction has appeared in Gravel, Propeller, American Writers Review, Big Other, mojo, Shirley Magazine, and SUSAN, among other publications. In 2009, she received her MFA in Fiction at Pacific University and, in 2013, she completed a MA in English Literature from Portland State University. She teaches writing full-time at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. More at www.alissahattman.com.