During our two-week course, we will explore the genre of flash fiction. Class topics include the genre’s history and evolution in the Internet age; fundamentals of storytelling within the word count’s constraints; and writing and revision best practices. Classes will include writing time, a brief lecture, and discussing flash fiction examples. We will read flash fiction pieces in class and begin the discussion using the question, quote, and comment format (i.e., you’ll share a question you had about the piece, a quote that stood out to you, and a comment of your choice).
In week one, you will write 4-5 flash fiction stories. In week two, we will workshop your favorite pieces with an eye toward revising and publishing them. On the last day, we will hold our own literary reading in which you will read a piece that you wrote during the class
June 29 – Introduction to the class. Defining flash fiction.
June 30 – Defining the creative process. Introduction to storytelling.
July 1 –Developing the story. Guest speaker: The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review Founding Editor Rae Bryant.
July 2 –Developing meaning part 1. Guest speaker: Every Day Fiction Managing Editor Camille Gooderham Campbell
July 3 – Developing meaning part 2. Sign up for workshop time slots. Watch “Wit.”
July 6 – Revising. Workshop. Guest speaker: Speculative flash writer Tara Campbell.
July 7 –Questioning the text. Workshop.
July 8 – Workshop. Guest speaker: Split Lip Magazine Editor-in-Chief Amanda Miska.
July 9 – Publishing. Literary reading best practices. Workshop.
July 10 – Flash Fiction Course Literary Reading.
There are lots of places where young writers can post their writing and receive constructive feedback. Here are a few!
This is my old stomping ground. This website has a strong focus on community and on constructive feedback. For those in New England, they also host events like workshops, readings, and poetry slams. My personal favorite writing organization (and not just because I’ve been working with them since I was 12).
Similar to YWP, but has always been national (YWP was Vermont specific for a while and only recently decided to go national).
My favorite storytelling website. An online art and storytelling project, this website is less focused on criticism and more on collaboration and sharing.
Every Day Fiction
Databases for magazines and journals to submit to:
Lit and Genre:
Flash Fiction Chronicles: http://www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/flash-markets-2/ (free)
Poets and Writers Magazine Database: http://www.pw.org/literary_magazines?&perpage=* (free)
New Pages Young Authors Guide: http://www.newpages.com/npguides/young_authors_guide.htm (free)
New Pages Calls for Submissions: http://www.newpages.com/classifieds/calls/ (free)
Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/ (annual fee, but most thorough)
The Review Review: http://www.thereviewreview.net/publishing-tips/flash-fiction-list-resources
Speculative Fiction Markets: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mslee/mag.html
Pro: http://www.ralan.com/m.pro.htm, Semipro: http://www.ralan.com/m.semipro.htm, Pay: http://www.ralan.com/m.pay.htm, Token: http://www.ralan.com/m.token.htm, No pay: http://www.ralan.com/m.expo.htm
Sci-Fi and Fantasy:
Sci-Fi Factor: http://scifi.fictionfactor.com/markets.html
Science Fiction and Fantasy Markets: http://sffmarkets.orbitalsunrise.net/
Groups Offering Publishing Information:
Creative Writers Opportunities List (Crwopps):
Calls for Submission Group on Facebook:
Up the other day at Flash Fiction Chronicles is an article about the “Dunning-Krueger Effect.” What is it and how does it apply to writers, read and find out.
Flash Fiction Chronicles
Our goal is to help in the growth of quality flash fiction both online and in print. This site is dedicated to the discussion of the art and craft of flash fiction, fiction in general, and the issues of writing, marketing, and publishing today.
This will be the blog for the flash fiction writing workshop at American University’s 2013 Discover the World of Communication program, taught by Gay Degani. My name is Anna and I am the teaching assistant for this class. See you around.