From ancient fables and parables to modern fiction, the short story has always held a special place in literature. Flash fiction wields the emotive power of brevity to craft stories and characters that unfurl and expand within the reader's mind. In many ways flash is a Trojan Horse, easily passed through the gate but exploding with possibility once inside.
This class will examine what constitutes a work of flash fiction, and why the genre is more than simply a shorter-than-average story. We will discuss techniques for building fully developed plot and character in under 1000 words, and share tips for writing concise prose that doesn't feel rushed.
After reviewing examples of flash fiction from a diverse collection of masters, we will complete a series of in-class exercises to hone your skills. Students will write their own pieces of flash and workshop each other's stories. For those interested in publishing, we will discuss popular flash fiction venues and how to find the best home for your work once it's ready.
Wednesday evenings in July at 6:00 - 7:00 pm: 7/8, 15, 22, 29
Duncan Whitmire's stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Portland Magazine, Quarterly West, Colorado Review, and Hobart. Learn more: www.duncanwhitmire.com.
A laptop or a computer and internet access.