About My Workshops:
I have been teaching writing workshops since 2014. They are warm, encouraging and safe places in which to create new work. Over the last 9 yeas, stories written in my workshops have won the Fractured Lit Anthology Prize, the London Independent Story Prize, The Best Small Fictions, Bath Flash Fiction Prize, and have had multiple Pushcart Prize nominations from stories conceived and written in my workshops. If you would like a sample of my work or would like to read my collections, you can find out more here. Additionally, I have a prompt newsletter where you can access many free writing prompts. Check out what illustrious guest authors including Etgar Keret, Aimee Bender, and Amber Sparks have written to my prompts when you are there.
I'm an internationally published flash fiction author of 8 fiction collections, two novellas-in-flash, and two collections of prose poetry. My work has been published in hundreds of print and online literary journals and anthologies, most notably three Norton anthologies of flash fiction. I’m the Flash Fiction Columnist for Mslexia Magazine, Founding Editor of Best Microfiction, an award-winning yearly anthology series, and Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival, UK. I have appeared at literary festivals and events in the UK and in America. I work as a mentor and private flash fiction/flash memoir editor and offer regular online workshops through my own website. Recently, I primarily enjoy teaching workshops through Zoom and online venues, but will consider in-person appearances.
RECENT TESTIMONIALS FOR MEG’S WRITING WORKSHOPS:
”Meg is amazing. She helped me tremendously with editing and arranging “Dressed all wrong for this” and in fact came up with the title.” -Francine Witte, Author
”Meg has recently been mentoring and supporting me with a manuscript of stories. I can't recommend her highly enough. Her astute observations, suggestions and edits have, in my opinion, transformed the whole collection. Her enthusiasm and encouragement have also really helped my confidence as a writer and I'm excited to soon submit the finished collection. Great value in every sense.” -Jane Salmons, Author
“Taking Meg's workshops and teaching ekphrastic workshops together has given me a window into her amazing imagination and improved my own writing immeasurably. She is a dynamite storyteller, but also has a very special gift for helping to shape a story. It is incredible how she will pull out the heart of the story and help a writer rearrange or finish it. Meg can help you bring your stories to life in a magical way.” -Lorette C. Luzajic, Founder of the Ekphrastic Review
”Meg’s workshops are incredible. She is so generous to the writing community. Her feedback is thoughtful and intuitive and I always come away feeling inspired. She is a true creative force! My writing has grown so much because of her.” -Karen Crawford, Author
“I would not be writing flash without Meg Pokrass. I found my voice in flash. I didn't even understand what that meant -- finding your voice -- until, suddenly, I realized I had done it. It was because of the community Meg built, the encouragement she offered, and, maybe more than anything, explaining to me what worked when it worked -- why this story was better than that one. I've said I would not be writing flash without Meg and that's true. I might not even be writing at all. The encouragement and finding my feet with her help came at a critical time for me.” -Epiphany Ferrell, Author.
”What strikes me most about Meg’s support is how warm and encouraging she is, from the very first moments of reading your work. Details and feedback are so precise, and shared very thoughtfully.” -Kalliopy PaleosYou have transformed so many people’s writing lives, mine included! -Frances Gapper
Any micro I have ever published was born in your workshops! Eternal gratitude. – Jenny Stalter
You are such an inspiring teacher. -Nadia Jacobsen
-I’ve had many stories published that originated in your workshops or from your prompts, not to mention your skillful editing suggestions. So grateful for all you do for the micro community. -Kathryn Silver-Hajo
Meg has inspired many of us to have our writing dreams come into fruition. -Annie Bien
You have a big shout out in the Acknowlegements of my new book. Couldn’t have written it without you. -Jayne Martin
I am inspired by the prompts and the other students and your marvelous, generous, generative energy. I live with the prompts for a few days, and then start writing (and I’ve been using your newsletter prompts as part of my daily writing practice, too). As a writing teacher, I’m also feeling renewed just by reading your comments to everyone and appreciating the way you work descriptively to help writers see what they have. It’s a technique I teach to undergraduates, and it’s hard for them!, so it helps me enormously to be in the middle of that kind of workshop to feel how it works when I’m not the orchestrator. In the middle of a very lonely pandemic, and sabbatical where I really can’t go anywhere, you’ve created these small, at home residencies that I love. Thank you. –Susan Morehouse
You are the best and one of a kind! – Andrea Disario Marcusa
This was grand, as are all your workshops, Meg. Super subject, terrific feedback, incredibly jaw-dropping talent. Stimulation PLUS fun! – Tracey Meloni
I learned so much from you two fabulous writers/teachers. You opened doors to rooms and worlds I didn’t know existed. Look forward to another workshop – Michelle Morris