Forgotten Women Workshop - Flashback Fiction Showcase
Forgotten Women Workshop - Flashback Fiction Showcase

Forgotten Women Workshop - Flashback Fiction Showcase

Sat 6 April 2019 10am-5pm

Part of I’ll Say It Again! 2019

Forgotten women: historical flash fiction workshop with Emily Devane, winner of the Bath Flash Fiction Award and poet Cathy Galvin: in association with Word Factory and FlashbackFiction.

In this fun, interactive workshop, exploring the lost voices of women from history, you will learn how to write and perform convincing historical flash fiction, using objects and a range of prompts to inspire new stories. Working in the intimate space at Tara Theatre, you will be shown how to shape and edit your work, with time allocated to share and give feedback on works in progress.

Workshop attendees will have a further opportunity to perform their finished pieces on Sat 11 May, alongside writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes at Tara Theatre.

The workshop is suitable for writers of all levels, from the beginner to the more experienced flash fiction writer. While no prior knowledge of historical women is required, if attendees have a particular woman from their family history whose voice they wish to capture, they are welcome to bring materials. We would love to hear a diverse range of women’s stories.

This course also offers additional performance training from actor/writer Sharon Eckman.



‘My box without walls is made of heaven and earth – its lid I would fashion out of the transparent blue of the sky and its bottom would be the fathomless depths of the earth upon which we stand.’ Toshiko Kishida, Japanese feminist, whose ‘Daughters In Boxes’ speech was responsible for her arrest.

‘Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel, the more truth we comprehend.’ Hypatia (died 415 AD), Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician

‘I would not kill my enemies, but I will make them get down on their knees. I will, I can, I must.’ Maria Callas (1923-1977), Greek-American soprano known as ‘La Divina’

‘A dancer should learn from all the arts. Go to museums and look at the paintings. See how they balance things. Everything you do in the arts enriches you.’ Alicia Alonso (1921-), partially blind Cuban prima ballerina

‘Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.’ Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), chemist, who contributed to our understanding of DNA but died before being recognised for her work

‘I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.’ Harriet Tubman (1822-1913), American abolitionist and activist, instrumental in the ‘Underground Railway’

‘A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous.’ Nadezhda Krupskaya (1869-1939), Bolshevik politician and wife of Lenin

‘You see a man drowning, you must try to save him even if you cannot swim.’ Irena Sendlerowa (1910-2008), Polish social worker and humanitarian, who saved Jewish children during the Nazi occupation and kept their identities safe

‘In my youth, I spent my time investigating insects.’ Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1719), German naturalist who discovered the origin of butterflies.

Tickets £50

Word Factory Members £45


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