Beetle Paws: Writing Micros, Illustrating Micros

This four hour workshop has lots of options.

Just want to know about writing micro fiction or CNF, pieces under 300 words? Attend only the first two hours, with Sage Tyrtle.

Only want to understand the basics of illustrating stories? Attend only the second two hours, with Daegan Lunsford.

Want to write your own micro before lunch, and come back to illustrate it after lunch? Attend both sessions.

Writing Micros

In less than 300 words, capture a world, a character, an idea in such a memorable way that people will be thinking of that piece for a long time after. Participants will learn the power of a micro piece and what to consider when every single word must do the work of ten. Learning from examples and interactive prompts, participants will have the opportunity to write their own micro during the workshop. Just like the tiny adorable paws of a beetle, micros have a much bigger effect than it seems their tiny size could possibly muster.

Illustrating Micros

Learn the basics of illustration from a practicing fine artist and illustrator. Discover how colour, composition, and narrative intersect to create dynamic images. Learn to analyze contemporary and historical illustrative work to better your own understanding of the world of illustration. Participants will have the opportunity to illustrate either a sample micro or a micro of their own, working through the process of thumbnail, sketch, and final image. Participants will learn what makes one illustration a more powerful companion to the writing then another.

Suitable for all levels.


Saturday, June 10, 2023

Writing Micros: 7 AM PST / 10 AM EST / 3 PM GMT / 8:30 PM IST

one hour break

Illustrating Micros: 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 6 PM BST

About Writing Instructor

Sage Tyrtle’s work is available or upcoming in New Delta Review, The Offing, and Apex among others. She reads for Hippocampus and Fractured Lit. Her words have been featured on NPR, CBC, and PBS and she’s been nominated three times for Pushcart, once for Best American Short Stories. She runs a low cost online writing workshop collective.

About Art Instructor
Daegan Lunsford is a fine artist and gallerist based in the Toronto area, and an avid supporter for inclusivity and creative experimentation within art communities worldwide. Daegan’s unique illustrative work has been shown in several literary magazines, including Flash Frog. He is often found hiking through the woods or embarking on a brand new art project. Find out more on Instagram at daeganlunsfordofficial and on his website.

Click here for the Crow Collective Workshop FAQ.


Click here for the text version of the June 10 Writing Micros time zone map.

Click here for text version of the June 10 Illustrating Micros time zone map.

Comments are closed.

Website Powered by

Up ↑