Flash 101: Flash Fiction & Micro Essay
Virtual Meeting URL: https://www.charlottelit.org/zoom1
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 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 several 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. This class meets on three Thursdays, March 17, 24 and 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
About the Instructor: Luke Whisnant has served on the staff of Tar River Poetry for over 30 years, and has been editor since 2006. He has read thousands of poetry submissions. His own poetry has appeared in many journals and in two chapbooks, Street and Above Floodstage: a narrative poem, and in the anthologies Kakalak (2013), the North Carolina Museum of Art’s You Are the River, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII. He is also the author of a novel, a volume of short stories, and the chapbook In the Debris Field, which won the 2018 Bath Flash Fiction International Novella-in-Flash Award. He teaches creative writing at East Carolina University.
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