STATE OF FLASH

Reducing Language, Growing Story: Flash Fiction and Word Counts

Though often left out of workshop conversations, those ubiquitous constraints known as word counts have been influencing fiction writers far more than they let on,…

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Falling Safely: Building Revision Bravery through Flash

I’m 45 feet off the ground, strapped into a harness on a molded indoor climbing wall. Even though the only reason I’m up here is…

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Writing Flash Fiction: Letting Go

So you’re going to try your hand at this flash fiction thing, huh? In the beginning you will still very often land closer to the…

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What Isn’t Said

Two of America’s best-known microfictions are poems, written by poets—Forche’s “The Colonel” and Hass’s “Story of the Body”—but both read like fiction, and are presented…

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What Works Works

Writers of flash work the rules in various ways, sometimes compressing traditional narrative to create thumbnails of larger, longer tales, all the needed elements rendered…

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A Sudden Flash, or Into and Out of the Pan

Reviewers and critics have debated reasons for the advent of flash fiction for years.  A dwindling readerly attention span, they say, is to blame, the…

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Hint: Teaching How to Read and Write off the Page

Let us begin with this: flash fiction is an excellent genre for the writer and reader. For the writer, flash provides unique techniques, opportunities for bursts of inspiration, varied markets, new methods of reading aloud their work, inventive varieties of form, a fresh way to think about words, lack of words, compression, space.

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State of Flash – The Flash!

The Flash, a DC Comics superhero, is powerful by virtue of his speed. He doesn’t have super strength. He can’t fly. He can’t move objects…

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State of Flash in the Classroom: A Flash of the Flash

To study the flash form, the students in my introductory Creative Nonfiction course began by reading excerpts from Brian Oliu’s So You Know It’s Me…

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The State of Flash – There is only one rule…

Here, in the state of Flash, there is only one rule: Be brief. That is it. There are those who march, waving flags, chanting things…

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