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FICT 99 W — Flash Fiction Workshop: Five Stories in Five Weeks

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Stephanie Reents
Duration: 5 weeks
Format/Location: Flex Online
Date(s): Jul 8—Aug 9
Class Recording Available: Yes
Tuition: $565
Refund Deadline: Jul 11
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Enrollment Limit: 20
  
Status: Closed
 
Quarter: Summer
Unit(s): 1
Duration: 5 weeks
 
Date(s): Jul 8—Aug 9
 
Format/Location: Flex Online
 
Tuition: $565
 
Refund Deadline: Jul 11
 
Instructor(s): Stephanie Reents
 
Enrollment Limit: 20
 
Recording Available: Yes
 
Status: Closed
 
Flash fiction invites playfulness and experimentation. Unlike the long short story, a flash story—a brief work of fiction ranging from 500 to 1,000 words—can be drafted in a single sitting. Although you have only a few pages (or paragraphs) to write a flash story, the fundamentals of fiction writing still hold. In this course, we will touch upon characterization, dialogue, point of view, detail and setting, and forward movement and plot by looking at a wide range of successful flash stories by Sandra Cisneros, Lydia Davis, Peter Orner, Venita Blackburn, and many other contemporary writers. We’ll discuss how the form’s economy and brevity challenge writers to hook readers from the very first sentence, to make judicious use of detail to imply the story, and to write toward zingy last lines.

Weekly prompts and Zoom writing sessions will encourage you to try new things, take risks, and use the writing process to discover your story and subject matter. Pamela Painter, who taught one of the first graduate workshops on flash fiction, will give a guest lecture, offering yet another perspective on the form. At the end of the five weeks, you will have written and received feedback on five brand-new stories.

STEPHANIE REENTS
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Stephanie Reents is the author of The Kissing List, a collection of stories that was an Editors' Choice in The New York Times Book Review, and I Meant to Kill Ye, a bibliomemoir chronicling her journey into the strange void at the heart of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. She has twice received an O. Henry Prize for her short fiction. Her novel We Loved to Run will be out next year. Reents received a BA from Amherst College, a BA from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and an MFA from the University of Arizona.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Robert Shapard (Editor), James Thomas (Editor), Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories (ISBN 978-0393328028)