Make it Come Alive!

Make it Come Alive!
Ernest J. Gaines, Miss Jane Pittman, and the Power of Storytelling
A One-Evening Flash Writing Workshop

Date: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Instructor: Susan Tacent via Zoom

Registration Required!

All writers write about the past, and I try to make it come alive so you can see what happened. 

– Ernest J. Gaines


We live our lives in time and space, influencing and influenced by what we read, what we hear, and what we do. In this workshop, we’ll draw on Ernest J. Gaines’s The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman for inspiration and example. Gaines’s novel makes the connection between history and storytelling, thus revealing how writers, by our choice of characters, conflicts, and powerful details, can speak the important truths that might otherwise be buried.

This is a generative workshop; as our template for creating new work, we’ll use flash fiction/flash nonfiction, defined by the journal Flash Fiction Online “as a complete story of 500-1000 words…that has a character, some sort of problem or conflict, and a satisfying resolution, which finds the character(s) somehow changed.”

The workshop is open to writers at all levels. Prior reading of the novel is not necessary; an excerpt from the novel will be provided. Registration is required (link above).

Related events:

RFL Book Discussion (Feb. 24, 2021)

RWU Keynote Presentation (March 15, 2021 at 7pm)

This workshop is funded through the generosity of the
Friends of the Rogers Free Library Community Grant Program.