Flash Fiction 101: Misconceptions, History, Strategies, Prompts
Flash is the genre for fast times, with hundreds of journals and websites publishing shorter and shorter work. In this three-week class we’ll take a look at some common misconceptions about flash (what it is, what it’s not); delve briefly into the history of short-form prose, including prose poetry and micro-essays; introduce six strategies for crafting short fictions; and end with suggestions for submitting your flashes for publication. We’ll read and analyze a number of model stories, learning to “steal like an artist,” and each meeting will include several prompts for new writing. Fiction writers, prose poets, and concise nonfiction writers are all welcome. (New this spring, you'll have the option to add a detailed critique of your writing for an additional fee. Details will be sent after you register.) This class meets three Thursdays, January 28, February 4 & 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
About the Instructor: Luke Whisnant’s In the Debris Field won the 2018 Bath Flash Fiction International Novella-in-Flash Award and was published by Ad Hoc Press. His flash story “What They Didn’t Teach Us” won an Editor’s Choice Award from CRAFT Magazine in Spring 2020 and has been nominated for the Best Microfictions anthology. Whisnant’s flash fiction has appeared in Quick Fiction, Hobart, Wigleaf, The Journal of Microliterature, PANK, Fiction Southeast, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and many others. His novel Watching TV with the Red Chinese was made into an independent film in 2011; his other books include the story collections Down in the Flood and The Connor Project (forthcoming in 2021), and two poetry chapbooks. A two-time winner of his department’s Excellence in Teaching Award, he serves as professor of English at East Carolina University, where he also edits the journal Tar River Poetry.