A brand new writing class debuts this fall: Flash Fiction. This one is intended for both beginners and those who’ve already done some fiction writing. Co-taught by novelists Josh Langston and Doris Reidy, the class will focus on finding stories and telling them in the most concise way. Flash fiction tales rarely exceed a thousand words (roughly four pages, double-spaced). Some publications limit flash fiction contributions to even shorter lengths, sometimes as brief as a hundred words.
There is certainly an art to writing extremely short fiction, but there are also tremendous rewards. For those just beginning to develop their writing muscles, it’s imperative to learn the elements required to make a story complete. Two books will be available at a discount to students in the flash fiction class. The first is a compendium of flash fiction stories written and published by Doris Reidy. The second is a humorous textbook on the general subject of fiction writing. Both will provide invaluable resource material, to say nothing of entertainment.
Students will be expected to write new material every week. Sharing is optional, but it’s a well‑established fact that critiquing is one of the best ways to learn technique. Doris and Josh will provide professional level feedback, but students will be expected to dig in and help smooth the rough spots as well as cheer the bright ones.
Be sure to check the ELM catalog for class times.