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Flash, Bang and Done! One Story in One Thousand Words (or less)

Over 4,000 outlets are publishing flash fiction, many post one every day. That means a lot of sites, magazines, and podcasts are hungry for your fiction.
What is flash fiction? It’s compressed stories told in a variety of styles, usually less than 2,000 words. Some stories are lists, email exchanges, and classifieds, but many use the traditional narrative form.
Every writer can benefit from learning about the genre, even if they never choose to write it. You’ll learn how to write tightly, quickly defining your characters, identifying your conflict and plot and selecting only the most salient details.
Each week we’ll work on one aspect of these elements. We’ll also discuss stories we’ve read and learn exercises to improve our writing. I’ll connect the dots between this genre and the novel and the memoir.  The four-week course will culminate in a draft of your flash fiction piece.
You’ll need writing instruments. Developed story ideas are welcome but not required. $5 photocopying fee.

Maxwell Book Club

There’s nothing like the sound of a Book Club in the morning…

Founded in 2013, The Maxwell Morning Book Club typically meets the last Thursday of each month at 10:00 AM at the Jeff Maxwell Library at 1927 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA 30906. February, they are meeting at the Augusta-Richmond Public Library.

They will alternate between reading fiction and non-fiction. They try to decide 4-6 months in advance in order to give people time to read.

February 22 (Non-Fiction) meet at Main Library!
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt

March 29 (Fiction) meet at Main Library!
Confessions of Young Nero
by Margaret George

Apr 26 (Non-Fiction)
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
by Chris Hedges

May 31 (Fiction)
Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jun 28 (Non-Fiction)
Outliers
by Malcolm Gladwell

ATTENTION: Maxwell Library will be closed for renovations during the normal meeting day of the book club from July to at least January 2019. More information will be provided as available.

July’s meeting will be held on the 3rd Floor Meeting Room at the HQ Library on Telfair St. Meetings will probably be held at this location until January 2019. Please visit the Maxwell Book Club website for updates.

July 26 (Fiction) meet at Main Library!
The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin

Aug 30 (Non-Fiction) meet at Main Library!
The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way
by Bill Bryson

Sep 27 (Fiction) meet at Main Library!
Tin Drum
by Günter Grass

Join the Maxwell Book Club every last Thursday of the month to delve into a fascinating new read.  Check our local library, or with The Book Tavern, downtown for the book club books.

Be aware that plans are in the works to renovate Maxwell Branch, so it may be a few more months than just those 2 months in 2018 that they will need to meet elsewhere.

Don’t worry, there will be plenty of prior notification posted on the blog and Facebook page.
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Maxwell Morning Book Club: January 2018 meeting

We are discussing “Wise Blood” by Flannery O’Conner!

Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor’s astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. — Focused on the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate fate. He falls under the spell of a blind street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Lily Sabbath. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel Motes founds the The Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with wise blood, who leads him to a mummified holy child, and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Hazel’s existential struggles.

This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdoms gives us one of the most riveting characters in twentieth-century American fiction.

All our meetings are the last Thursday of the month, unless holidays alter our plans!

Maxwell Book Club:

Join the Maxwell Book Club every last Thursday of the month to delve into a fascinating new read.  Check our local library, or with The Book Tavern, downtown for the book club books.

September 28 (Fiction)
“A Man Called Ove”
by Fredrik Backman

4th Quarter

October 26 (Non-Fiction)
“The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of Dorothy Day”
by Dorothy Day

November 30 (Fiction)
“A Separate Country”
by Robert Hicks

December 28 (Non-Fiction)
“The Science of Evil: Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty”
By Simon Baron-Cohen

We’ve been able to keep our last ‘Thursday of the Month” for November, avoiding Thanksgiving, and also in December, avoided being bumped by either Christmas or New Years Day.

We will still probably move to Friedman Branch or Downtown again for Feb and March 2018, those locations have worked out pretty well for us these last couple years.

Be aware that plans are in the works to renovate Maxwell Branch, so it may be a few more months than just those 2 months in 2018 that we will need to meet elsewhere.

Don’t worry, we will provide plenty of prior notification and post it on the blog and the Facebook page.

https://maxwellbookclub.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MaxwellBookClub/