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“Write Short—or Write Long?”
A Discussion with Grant Faulkner
October 14, 2022
11 AM PDT | 12 PM MDT | 1 PM CDT | 2 PM EDT

Grant Faulkner, expert on both writing long and writing short will discuss the mindset we need when approaching our writing. Grant has led National Novel Writing Month for 10 years, and invites us all to write with abandon—without fear and without that inner critic. Many people have been able to realize their creative potential and write the book of their dreams using this method—with many edits and revisions to follow, of course.

But Grant also is a fan of the flash piece—fiction or memoir. What a challenge it is to write short, brief, and focused stories. Yet, how refreshing. Takes lots of revision too, however!

Please join us as we talk about Grant’s book, Pep Talks for Writers, and his upcoming book, The Art of Brevity—and more. Check it out! https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781452161082

You will learn:

  • The definition of flash—memoir or fiction.
  • About the benefits of writing flash pieces.
  • How to wrap your mind around what you want to write and which form will work best.
  • The best ways to get your work out in the world if you write short.

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He has published two books on writing, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, and Brave the Page, a teen writing guide. He’s also published All the Comfort Sin Can Provide, a collection of short stories, Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories, and Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story.

His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin HouseThe Southwest Review, and The Gettysburg Review, and he has been anthologized in collections such as Norton’s New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction and Best Small Fictions.

His essays on creativity have been published in The New York TimesPoets & WritersLit HubWriter’s Digest, and The Writer. He serves on the National Writing Project’s Writer’s Council, Lit Camp’s Advisory Council, and Aspen Words’ Creative Council.

He’s also the co-host of the podcast Write-minded.



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