April Chapter Meeting: Flash Your Fiction with Izolda Trakhtenberg

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Let’s Ignite Our Creative Fire and Sharpen Our Skills!

What comes first, dialogue, characters, plot, or setting? Any of these can inspire us to create or present stumbling blocks to putting words on a page. What would happen if we removed the need for determining who, what, and where? What if someone handed them to us? Would our writing process change? How would we find creative ways to integrate potentially unrelated items into a cohesive tale? To achieve this, we must free our imaginations and think differently. To access this part of ourselves, we will use prompts to spark our creativity and blast through any obstacles.

Join us for an interactive Flash Fiction workshop. We will use prompts to get our creative juices flowing as we sharpen our writing skills. We will randomly choose and incorporate various objects, locations, and characters as we write micro-stories or poems. After an initial brainstorming session on each of the following skill sets, we will write three short pieces. The first piece will focus on writing compelling dialogue, the second will focus on characterization, and the third will focus on plot development and resolution.

We will then present our stories in a supportive environment and share the process we used for developing them.

About the Speaker

Izolda Trakhtenberg
MWA–Montgomery County chapter Vice President and author Izolda Trakhtenberg has conducted workshops and presentations for over 20 years. She released her first book, “Life Elements: Transform Your Life with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water,” in 2008. Her first book in the Fairy Godmother Diaries series, “The Fiddler’s Talisman,” was released in 2011. She is currently writing the second book in the series, “The Piano’s Key.”

In 2011, Izolda completed a Flash Fiction project where she wrote a micro-story from a prompt word every day for a year. She challenged herself to complete every story within one minute. The Sixty Second Story project resulted in 365 stories, some of which have been turned into film shorts. Find more about Izolda at

Location and Directions

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906
ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into parking lot
Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot


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