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Storytelling @ Riley’s presents:
Flash Fiction & Short-Short Stories

Sheldon at RileysYou’ll want to be at Riley’s Pour House on September 30 when some of the region’s top storytellers return for a special night of flash-fiction and short-short stories.

Among the performers already confirmed are four-time Bram Stoker Award winner Michael A. Arnzen, Rhysling and Stoker Award finalist Stephanie M. Wytovich, and Eerie Horror Film Festival Award winner Sheldon Higdon.

All three writers were featured earlier this year at Riley’s Writing Life session, and we’re looking forward to having them join us once again for what is shaping up to be our most exciting night ever.

stephanie at rileys

Whereas previous storytelling nights highlighted stories on specific topics (The Writing LifeTheatre StoriesMidsummer Night Stories, and last month’s double bill Mannequin Tales and Back-to-School Adventures), this session will feature short tales — nothing over five minutes, with some or our guests attempting to see how many complete stories they can fit into a single ten-minute segment.

If you attended story night in May, you heard writer Michael A. Arnzen talking about growing up in Amityville, New York (home of the house that became the subject of The Amityville Horror).

(Listen to Mike’s story by clicking the player below.)

Since Michael A. Arnzen is the author of 100 Jolts, a flash-fiction collection in which some of the stories are as short as a single sentence, it will be fun to hear what he has planned for us when he returns for a night dedicated to the short form.

So please consider dropping by for what looks to be a lively night of rapid-fire tales. And if you’d like to try your hand at telling a complete story in under five minutes (or three or more in under ten), we’d love to have you join our growing roster of spoken-word performers.

Sign ups start at 7:15 on September 30 at Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main Street Carnegie, PA 15106.

Don’t miss this one. It’ll be here and gone in a flash.

Scop on!

Sheldon Higdon. Photo by Karen Yun-Lutz.
Stephanie M. Wytovich. Photo by Karen Yun-Lutz.
Michael A. Arnzen. Photo by Karen Yun-Lutz.




One response to “Storytelling @ Riley’s presents:
Flash Fiction & Short-Short Stories

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