Some call it “flash fiction,” while others see it as a hybrid of poetry and prose. This course focuses on fiction that tells a whole story in less than two or three pages. Examine short-shorts from such writers as Amy Hempel, Mavis Gallant, Dave Eggers, and Ernest Hemingway. Discuss the techniques used—voice, lyricism, character, plot, and point of view—that enable these stories to succeed as complete narratives, in spite of their length. Complete in-class and take-home writing exercises to generate your own super-short stories, and receive feedback from frequent workshopping sessions. Learn techniques to help you distill your prose to its very essence.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of short story fiction writing
- Peer and instructor critiques of your writing
- The curious and creative
- Aspiring and beginner writers