Flash Fiction: The Art of the Very Short Story
January 16, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
One event on January 23, 2019 at 9:30am
One event on January 30, 2019 at 9:30am
One event on February 6, 2019 at 9:30am
One event on February 13, 2019 at 9:30am
One event on February 20, 2019 at 9:30am
One event on February 27, 2019 at 9:30am
One event on March 6, 2019 at 9:30am
Instructor: Jeffrey Martin
$189 Members | $210 Nonmembers
Wednesdays, 1/16/19 – 3/6/19 | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Call it what you like – flash fiction, sudden fiction, microfiction, short short – this form’s popularity has exploded in the Internet age precisely because of its brevity – typically no longer than 1000 words. Writing it well, however, is no brief act, as it demands a precision and compression of language similar to poetry in order to achieve powerful effects on the reader. Students in this course will read and discuss works by masters in the form; produce 1-3 polished flash fiction pieces of their own; provide feedback for their peers’ stories in a traditional workshop format; and learn how and where to submit stories for publication. Open to writers of all genres (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, etc.) and writers of all skill levels who are interested in narrative concision.
About the Instructor: After teaching high school and college English for the past fifteen years, Jeff Martin now co-directs the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop. His fiction has been published in New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, No Tokens Journal, and storySouth, among others, and much of his work can be found at readjeffmartin.com. Jeff holds an M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He lives in Charlottesville.