Writer in Residence Charles Hood: "Writing Flash Fiction"
Monday, January 14, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)
5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House
Flash Fiction, Short Shorts, and the Instant Story – how to make magic happen in one page or less:
A growing trend in writing is the so-called micro story or flash fiction, terms that apply as well to memoir and travel writing. This hands-on workshop will look at those trends, sharing shortcuts for making a traditional narrative arc of beginning, middle, and end all happen in just a page or two. We will look at titles, opening lines, character development, the role of dialogue, how images and metaphors need to work, and just what the heck is fair to leave out without perplexing our audience. Charles Hood will share his own successes and failures, including recent rejections and acceptances from editors, plus comments about trends in online submitting. Each participant can hope to leave with a page of her or his own original writing, as we wrap up the evening by putting theory into practice. All levels welcome; no previous publication experience necessary.
Charles Hood begins his Residency November 26, and is working from the Resident Office upstairs in the Marion Davies Guest House through February 4, 2013. He holds public drop-in office hours most Saturdays from 11am-2pm. Hood is spending his time at the Beach House working on a series of fictional biographies currently titled Back Stories, based around the “orphaned portraits” created by Don Bachardy over many years. Bachardy is a longtime resident of Santa Monica and his life with author Christopher Isherwood has been immortalized in print and on the screen. Bachardy’s works have been featured in exhibitions across the country, with portraits residing in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Huntington Library and Gallery, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institute and the National Portrait Gallery, London. Among the portraits Bachardy made of the known and the beautiful (Tom Ford, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda), he also painted sitters whose identities are now lost — a friend of a friend of a friend, a surfer he met on the beach, an amateur model. With these “orphans” there is often little but a date, or possibly a name. Hood’s project weaves a fictional history for these faces, welcoming them back to the common narrative.
A Los Angeles native, Charles Hood has been a dishwasher, a factory worker, a ski instructor, and a nature guide in Africa. He attended Glendale College, Cal State Northridge, U.C. Irvine and the University of Utah, and also did Fulbright work in New Guinea, translating tribal poetry. For birdwatching, photography, or writing research, he has been to the South Pole (on a National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grant), to each of the continents, and most of the way to the North Pole. His ninth book won the Hollis Summers poetry prize and will be released this spring by Ohio University Press; his eighth book, 25 Tigers, came out last month. His current projects include a survey of the Solar System titled 200 Moons, and a meditation on faith and history titled Melville in the Holy Land. Hood teaches writing, photography, and journalism at Antelope Valley College. He lives in Palmdale with a wife, a cat, a dog, two kayaks, and five mountain bikes. Follow his Residency updates in person or at beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
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