Writing Flash Fiction

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Writing Flash Fiction

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How short is flash fiction? Compelling enough to read on a smart phone. Brilliant enough to keep your attention on the bus. Say, under a thousand words. Read and discuss international examples of short short fiction, do some writing exercises, rewrite and edit the stories you’ve started. Discuss further editing and reading and where your short fiction might be published.


SUGGESTED READING

  • John Dufresne, Flash! Writing the Very Short Story, Norton.
  • Tara L Masih, ed, Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, The Rose Metal Press.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • What is Flash Fiction? How does it differ from the prose poem and the short story? What about micro fiction, short shorts, the smoke long and other terms? Is there a maximum word length?
  • Read and discuss international and Australian examples of the flash fiction. Ernest Hemingway, Lydia Davis, Lee Martin, etc.
  • Follow the prompts of writing exercises to create several first drafts.
  • A checklist for editing your own drafts What to do before you workshop a piece of writing or send your work out for consideration for publication.
  • Who publishes flash fiction? What are the industrial protocols of sending work out?



PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe what flash fiction is and its place with other literary genres.
  2. Have read and discussed several examples of flash fiction.
  3. Have written the beginnings of several short fiction pieces.
  4. Be able to apply a checklist of things to do before submitting work for workshopping or publication.
  5. Understanding the industrial protocols for sending work out for publication and locating places where work can be submitted.