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Evening Fiction: Introduction to Flash Fiction
May 24, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 28, 2017
Instructor: Phil Jason
Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members
6 Wednesdays, 5/24/17 – 6/28/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Flash Fiction is probably not new (certainly it was hard to write a novel when you were living in a cave, running from predators and had a vocabulary of only two hundred words), but the advent of Internet publishing has brought significantly more attention to the short short form (stories under 1000 words). Still, it remains a difficult genre to pin down. Some of it leaves you wondering how someone could write such a powerful story in so few words. Some of it leaves you questioning what a story actually is.
In this workshop-style class, we will examine what it means to write flash fiction. How is it different from the traditional short story? How is it different from the prose poem (is it different?)? How do we start one? How do we know when we’re done? What freedom becomes available to us when we limit the amount of words we use to 1000, to 300, to 10? We will take a look at and discuss the work of writers like Lydia Davis and W. S. Merwin and, of course, we ourselves will write. And write. And write. For the most obvious boon of a flash fiction class is the opportunity to try out and receive feedback on many things.
In this workshop-style class, we will examine what it means to write flash fiction. We will take a look at and discuss the work of writers like Lydia Davis and W. S. Merwin and, of course, we ourselves will write. And write. And write.
Philip Jason was born and raised in NY. He graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with a degree in business he never uses. He mostly writes fiction. He has published stories in a variety of literary magazines including Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Mid American Review and Sou’wester. He has taught classes in both fiction and dream interpretation. Recently, he came to enjoy flossing but remains uninterested in Jazz.