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Make it Quick: Very Short Stories

Often described as "flash" fiction or creative nonfiction, very short stories are works of terrific economy, precision, and compression. They're a great way to try out new ideas, focus on certain elements of literary craft, or employ a device or borrowed form that might not be sustainable in a longer piece. In short (yep, you see what I did there), they offer rich terrain for writers and readers alike. We'll look at several examples of flash fiction and nonfiction, and we'll practice writing a few "short-shorts" of our own through guided in-class exercises. You'll come away with an expanded view of the landscape of flash fiction, a fresh look at literary technique in action, and seeds for stories of your own—flash or otherwise.  

About the Instructor: 

Susannah Felts is the cofounder/co-director of The Porch. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in StorySouth, Oxford American, Literary Hub, Longreads, The Sun, Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, and other publications. She's the author of a novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record (Featherproof Books), and a contributing writer for Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee's site for literary culture. For her full bio, please see our About Us page.