Patricia Flaherty Pagan

Writer of karma fiction in which bad things happen to bad people


2023 Events

Writing Short: Crafting Flash Fiction

TIME: Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Central

PLACE: Via Zoom for Writespace Houston

Learn to write vivid and precise flash. Generate new stories. Deconstruct gems of the genre.

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North Shore Local Author Fair

TIME: Monday, May 1, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. EST

PLACE: Beverly Public Library, Beverly, MA

Discover North Shore authors! Stop by my table, chat about reading, and buy an autographed book to enjoy or gift.


Dear Little Red Riding Hood: Writing Postcard Fairytales

TIME: Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

PLACE: Via Zoom for Writespace Houston

Would you write to warn Bluebeard’s brides? Join us for this generative Zoom workshop in which we’ll generate 100-word epistolary microfiction stories based on fairy and folk tales.
Registration link coming soon.

Houston Sisters in Crime Short Story Panel

TIME: Friday, January 20, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Central

PLACE: Via Zoom (HSinC Members will be sent the link)

HSinC Short Story Academy session #2: How to Find Short Story Ideas
Fun and Useful panel with authors Kaye George, Patricia Flaherty Pagan, and Pam Ebel (moderator).

2022 Writing Workshops & Readings

Dear Muse: A Postcard Fiction Writing Workshop and Reading (Microfiction)

TIME: Two Wednesdays, March 30 & April 6, 6:30p.m.–8:30 p.m. CST

PLACE: Writespace Houston, 1717 Michigan Street, Houston, TX, 77006

PRICE: Early bird until Friday, March 25: $70 for members, $85 for nonmembers. After Friday, March 25: $85 for members, $100 for nonmembers. Become a member here. Apply for a scholarship here.

LEVEL: All Levels

CAP: 12

Join us as we generate and celebrate postcard microfiction in this unique in-person workshop and reading. We’ll create 100-word epistolary microstories (stories in the form of postcards), and use writing exercises and visual prompts to inspire us to create vivid, traditional microfiction. Whether you are new to writing 100-word stories or a veteran microfiction scribe seeking a creative challenge, you will enjoy corresponding with your muse.

Class One: A generative, supportive, in-person microfiction workshop in which participants use writing exercises and visual postcard prompts to generate three 100-word stories, at least one of which should be epistolary. At the end of the workshop, participants will choose their favorite 100-word story and consult with the instructor on revision suggestions.

Class Two: A celebration and supportive community reading and display of the postcard fiction we have created. Participants will meet to share their revised postcard fiction, reading first to the workshop group, and then to the Writespace community later that evening. This will be a great opportunity to celebrate the postcard form and gain confidence in the important skill of reading one’s work in public. Postcards will be displayed following the reading.

Materials Fee (for a variety of postcards): $5 per student will go directly to instructor to reimburse her for materials.

Poetry By The Bay

TIME: Saturday, April 23, 2022 AT 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
PLACE: La Porte Branch Library

In recognition of National Poetry Month, I will be reading new horror poems at the hybrid event Poetry By The Bay in conjunction with the La Porte Public Library. I am thrilled to be reading with the talented poets of WIVLA. Readings will be featured on the WIVKA youtube channel for those who are unable to attend in person. Link to follow.


A Festival for Writers Presented by Writespace Houston

TIME: April 29 – May 1, 2022

I’m excited to once again participate in this week-long writers’ festival taking place virtually and in-person in Houston, TX. It is hosted by Writespace, Houston’s grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. This year’s festival kicks off with a Friday workshop and culminates in a weekend filled with panels, readings, workshops, and presentations by local and national writers, agents and book editors, and literary journal editors of all genres. I can’t wait to present on one of these panels. Time and date of my presentation coming soon.