Flash Fiction and a Master of the Trade

Yesterday I attended a Flash Fiction with Master of All Trades,  Mark Ari.  He is an artist in so many different ways: writer, singer/songwriter, painter, teacher.  Not to mention down to earth and generally a nice guy.  Just being in the same room with him is an amazing experience.

He used writing exercises to help us tap into our writing and characters ‘yearnings’.  I have never been a fan of exercises (in any form) and typically skip them.  But since I was in the same room for the next hour, I joined in on the second round.

It was incredible.

Few things tap as deeply into my soul the way this did.  By the end of the 15 minute writing exercise, my throat burned from choking back tears as I felt I knew myself and my desires better than I ever had before.  And, yes, for those who know me better than I know myself, you’re right: everything seems to stem from the loss of my grandmother and, of course, the loss of Jake.

Who would have thought a simple writing exercise could leave me feeling so raw and exposed as this one?  Obviously Mr. Ari knows his trade and what he’s doing.

If you ever see his name pop up on anything he’s participating in – go.  You will not be disappointed!


For more information on other writing workshops, please see The Florida Writers Association website or visit the Ancient City Chapter website.

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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