Welcome to But Snuffleupagus was Real: Writing Our Imaginary Friends into Flash! During the next couple of days, we’ll be generating several new stories—or baby flashes as I like to call them. I will provide lessons, examples, and prompts focused on the imaginary aspects of life we tend to abandon once childhood ends.

General Guidelines:

  • You will have until the end of SUNDAY, June 20th, to respond to the posted prompts as well as comment on the work posted by your peers. However, this is a fast-paced course, our time together is very short, and the last thing I want is for any of you to get weighed down by self-doubt or spend too much time over editing your stories. There will be time to re-draft, agonize over those commas, and figure out why your main character is obsessed with cheese later! Right here and now, focus on getting the story on the page. Remember, this is a generative workshop.
  • I encourage all of you to provide feedback on each other’s work. This is a great way to open the lines of communication and discover new writers who you may have several things in common with. Or, you might have completely different writing styles and that’s okay! There’s always something we can learn from each other.
  • Don’t resist the urge to experiment! This is a workshop on writing imaginary friends so have fun with this topic. We’ll be doing a whole lot of creative brainstorming so don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and write about your favorite cartoon characters, whatever shows your kids are watching (take some time to write positively/negatively about baby shark), superheroes, villains, and the toys you played with as a child. I will allow stories to be written about Howdy Doody just this once. I also hope these prompts will inspire several fiction flashes but also a few creative nonfiction (CNF) flashes as well.
  • Most importantly: Have Fun! Don’t overthink the prompts. Go with the first idea that pops into your head no matter how crazy, quirky, or how much of a detour it may be from your usual writing style. One of the many things I love most about writing is discovering the different ways my voice changes depending on the story. I encourage you all to be fearless.

Please feel free to introduce yourselves, where you’re writing from, preferred genre to write in, and any projects you are currently working on.

I’ll start:

Hello everyone! My name is K.B. Carle writing from outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I mostly write flash fiction but have recently ventured into the realm of flash CNF, both of which you can find on my website: kbcarle.com. I’m currently working on a flash fiction collection, a novel, and sorting through the chaos of several other underdeveloped ideas.

I look forward to reading your words and thank you all for participating in this workshop!