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WSP 346 — Fiction in a Flash: How to Write a Very Good, Very Short Story

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Sundays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jan 24—Jan 31
Time: 9:00 am—12:00 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 17
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $240
Instructor(s): Ben Hoffman
Limit: 24
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Sundays
9:00 am—12:00 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 24—Jan 31
2 days
Drop By
Jan 17
0 Unit
Fees
$240
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s):
Ben Hoffman
Limit
24
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fiction under 1,000 words—flash fiction—has grown into a popular genre, widely published in numerous online venues as well as several print ones. This two-day intensive workshop will introduce you to the flash fiction form and help you create and revise your own small masterpieces. We will read a range of flash fiction, from the tragic to the comic, the weird to the mundane, the lyric to the narrative, by writers like Donald Barthelme, Lydia Davis, Jamaica Kincaid, Grace Paley, and Alissa Nutting. We will examine these writers’ various strategies, as well as how traditional long-form story elements like character, conflict, setting, scene, dialogue, and plot play out in a condensed space. After considering how to sharpen our use of detail and image, we will spend the intervening week writing and sharing our own flash fictions, and will conclude with a second day of class in which we conduct mini-workshops, discuss flash revision and publication, and consider what writing a short short story can teach us about writing a longer piece. You will leave with two to three very short stories, along with the tools to further explore and write compelling flash fiction.

Ben Hoffman, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford; Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Chicago

Ben Hoffman’s fiction has received the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award and has been published by Granta, The Southern Review, and Zoetrope. He has received a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and a 2020 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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