This four-week course will explore the incredibly rich, diverse range of flash fiction with a particular focus on the two kinds of "flash" that earn its title. Typically stories between 250 and 1000 words, this genre most obviously depends on its brevity. As such, we will learn the most important techniques that it borrows from poetry: striking imagery, rhythm, and compression. As fiction, however, it is dependent on some amount of narrative arc, so we will also discover ways to achieve its tension, tension that results in small epiphanies, those powerful "flashes" of insight/realization that make stories universal. We will read and discuss examples of flash fiction, follow writing prompts, and share our work. During our last class, we will workshop a complete draft of a piece of flash fiction.
Students of all levels will leave the course with a better understanding of the mechanics of this fun -- but very respected -- genre.
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A former music journalist, Anna Schachner is the author of the novel You and I and Someone Else. She has published short fiction and nonfiction in many journals and magazines, including Puerto del Sol, Ontario Review, The Sun, and Hayden's Ferry Review, and she contributes nonfiction about books and literary culture to publications such as The Guardian and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She's taught creative writing at Emory University and Georgia State University, and, through her social justice work with the nonprofit organization Reforming Arts, in the Georgia women's prison system. For ten years, she was the editor of The Chattahoochee Review. She lives in Atlanta, where she is hard at work on several books and has recently started a freelance writing and editing adventure. Visit her at annaschachner.com.