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Tomorrow is #FridayFiction!

#FridayFiction is a flash fiction workshop that runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST, facilitated by Richard Hugo House. Each week, we pick a theme and create a story based off of that theme. We share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. You can contribute more than one story. You can use the same character in every story, or multiple characters. The important thing is that your story, with the tag #FridayFiction, not exceed the 140 character limit that Twitter sets.

Why do we do this?

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media.

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

Last week’s #FridayFiction was canceled because, well, I had no power, no internet and was more occupied with the tragic purge of my warm refridgerator than I was with anything else.

The week before, however, was themed “Mystery” (I was watching the new Sherlock episodes, so yeah, little glimpse into how I choose these prompts).

Click on the pictures above to see an expanded view of the stories our amazing community of writers shared with us during our last #FridayFiction.

This week’s prompt is “Grief”. 

Grieving centralizes on us losing something. It can be a person, but it can also be a way of life. A job. The loss of a hope or goal that you had. It can be the death of a family member or the loss of a friendship. There’s not a litmus test for what grief is the most powerful, because when we’re stuck in the midst of it, all grief feels the most powerful. 

Write a story with your character standing at the edge of that black hole.

What has your character lost?

What will your character do now that he or she has experienced that loss?

Experiment with POV, different characters, and write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in as short a way as you can.

Also, try and interact with the community! Every week, a lot of amazing writers gather together and share their stories. These people don’t just offer up great stories, they are great people to follow throughout the rest of the week as well. Being on Twitter is all about curating the conversation you want to be apart of and this is a great way to meet people who love being creative.

Hope to see you and your flash fiction on Friday afternoon!

Tumblr Crushes:

it’s practically still Tuesday here. Tumblr, or missing e were just giving me error messages and I gave up, this afternoon, my crush list had Spock, a TARDIS, All these tumblroos and You! <3

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Welcome to the new #HHfiction site! This is a social media-based flash fiction workshop, run by the Richard Hugo House, a writing center in Seattle.

From now on, recap posts will be posted here, instead of our main site, and then shared on our social media channels. 

In the coming months, we’ll take submissions, take our fiction into new venues and experiment with social media and creative collaboration.

Last week’s theme was “Betrayal”. Peruse the stories above to get an idea of what stories were told, how people handled the topic and how brevity can enhance creative narration. 

Tomorrow’s theme will be “Monster”. Explore this theme any way you’d like. Fantasy? Scifi? A literary look at the Hyde that dwells in the darkness of every Jekyll? It could be a humorous take on your in-laws, or a bride to be. Be creative. Use the tag. We’ll still be using #HHfiction this week… we won’t transition to the new tag until next week. 

Looking forward to your stories!

Day 10 - First Day in Seattle

Arrived in Seattle in the afternoon and settled into our hotel. Went to get the worst manicure and pedicure in the world in preparation for my final reading of this book tour at the Richard Hugo House. 

Met up with Laura, Joe, and baby Will, who cried every time he looked at my face. 

I was glad to finally meet Kevin Thomas, who made me my beloved comic review of Domestic Uncertainties at Horn!Reviews@theRumpus.

It was awesome to meet Brian McGuigan of Hugo House and finally thank him in person for this amazing opportunity. 

“Hi. I am Leah.”

“Hey, it’s Brian.”

“Oh my god! Brian, I am so glad to meet you. So sorry for being the most annoying person in the world and harassing you for the last few months.”

“I assure you that I have met far more annoying people.”

I had fifteen minutes to read, and I was up first. I was nervous for this one - more than usual. Perhaps this was partially due to the fact that I was the sole female reader. I was surprised, however, at how confident I felt when I was up there actually reading. I could feel the audience quiet down and listen to my work, appreciation evident in their laughter at my Get pre-story of “Trans-relation” and my new Mad Men poems. I think they enjoyed how easily I interacted with them. I felt I did a good job. I was proud of my final reading on this tour.

Anthony Madrid blew me away with his charismatic stage presence and his charming good looks. He was so funny and engaging that Marina actually bought his book. 

It was great to hear Adam Fitzgerald read again.

I was glad that Tom Healy finally made it and gave us an impromptu reading. It was great to meet him and have him sign my book.

Lastly, I was happy to meet Tree Swenson who is an inspiration as she has been such a big part of The Academy of American Poets in NYC.

We’re rebranding #HHfiction to #FridayFiction!

Starting this Friday, we’ll be tweeting Richard Hugo House's Twitter-run flash fiction workshop under the #FridayFiction tag. In the last several weeks, we’ve been getting some press from people around the nation and it’s come to our attention that people who hear about #HHfiction may not know what the “HH” stands for. Only half of our regular participants are local and a quarter of the people who participate don’t even follow our Twitter account. 

Hence, a more brandable tag was chosen. It’s simple and more explanatory. As people share about #FridayFiction in places like #WriteChat on Sunday afternoons, or write about it like Loft Literary did last week, we’ll get people on board quicker without the mystery to those who aren’t locals.

I do know that it is longer, and believe me, I deliberated on that for a while. On an average Friday, half the stories posted leave two or three characters of space. For those of you who, like me, use all 140 characters, let’s look at this as a challenge. 

I know that often my best stories are the ones I have to whittle down. I feel like I’m polishing my prose in a more literal sense then when I edit a story in Word. It is so satisfying to see the numbers go from “-7” to “-3” to “0” at the lower righthand corner of the input box.

Many people I talk to still don’t under this idea of a Twitter workshop. They don’t understand how a story can fit into one single tweet. For those of us who have been taking part in this workshop, we know differently. It’s amazing how small a story can be and yet, if you use the right words, how large it can be once read. To borrow a phrase from one of my favorite television shows, “It’s bigger on the inside.”

So I hope those of you who have been doing #HHfiction will embrace the new tag, #FridayFiction. I know it’s four characters longer, but I hope you’ll see that as a challenge and a way to further tighten your prose. I’m really enjoying the group I see regularly every Friday. I love your stories and can’t wait to see more.

Today's Friday Fiction: Giving!

Richard Hugo House’s #FridayFiction flash fiction workshop runs every week on Twitter from 3 - 6 p.m. PST. Each week, we pick a theme and create one single story based off of that theme and we share it with the community of #fridayfiction writers by using the tag in our tweets. 

Flash fiction gives us a chance to re-examine our language in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to do. The confines of the tweet force us to think of different ways of saying something, finding the word that communicates the biggest idea in the shortest way, and using Twitter allows us to find other writers on social media. 

For more on why we write flash fiction and use Twitter to do it, read “Exercises in Brevity” on our website.

This week’s story prompt is “Giving”. Is your character giving their heart? A much-deliberated gift? A dirty look? Is your character the giver or receiver?

Experiment with POV, different characters, and write more than one story! Writing within the confines of a tweet is difficult, but it gets you into an incredible mindset. Find the right words to create the mood, the plot and convey character in as short a way as you can. 

I cannot wait to read your stories! As always, have fun, be creative and let this kickstart your weekend creatively! 

Welcome to the #FridayFiction Tumblr!

Do you participate in #HHfiction? Would you like to?

#HHfiction is a flash fiction workshop held on Twitter every Friday from 3 - 6 p.m. PST. Every week I pick a topic and we create a story within one single tweet with the hashtag #HHfiction. 

By the end of September, #HHfiction will be rebranded as #FridayFiction! Yes, we’ll lose a couple characters, but that will only stretch us further as we master the art of the very very flash fiction. 

We’re setting this separate Tumblr up so that we can post recap posts, work on our fiction further and eventually, launch other projects connected with our #FridayFiction. 

This has been an incredible project to launch. I love seeing the same Twitterers come back every week, and getting to know new people as well. Your stories fascinate, amuse and many is the time that I’ve been in the office or cafe, moderating #HHfiction and laughed, LITERALLY, out loud. 

I have a lot of great ideas for where this community will go in the next couple months. I love seeing the fiction we’re creating. I’m getting inspired by you all, and I hope you’re inspired by each other as well. 

Let’s create some art!