October 14 • 1:00 PM (EST) - 3:00 PM (EST)
About the workshop
Flash—stories less than 1,000 words—is hot! Learn why and how short prose, fiction and nonfiction, is changing the way we tell stories.
This class will provide you with deep introduction to this fun form with stories from 6-words to 100, 400, more. We’ll read and analyze a wide range of shorts, stories and essays, and see how to engage readers in a small space by eliminating the excess and keeping what’s most essential. We’ll explore how urgency, conflict and a twist are keys to the form. And we'll see how voice, language, point-of-view, and structure contribute too. You will leave ready to write your own short pieces with ideas for where to submit them too.
What you will learn
- Learn What Flash Is and Isn’t and How it Breaks the Rules - See Why and How Flash Shorts Are “Hot” From the First Sentence - Discover the Keys to the Flash Form: Urgency, Conflict, and a Twist - See the Many Forms a Flash Piece Can Take - Debunk the Myths About Flash and Uncover the Craft - Review Outlets for Flash to Submit to and Read
Writers will leave with a strong understanding of the form and an approach to writing flash with take home prompts and ideas of what to read and where to submit.
What you will be reading
A selection of published flash fiction and nonfiction from journals (e.g., Brevity, Smokelong Quarterly) and current flash anthologies
If you can't attend live, this class will be recorded! A recording will be sent to participants and will be available or 30 days.
About the instructor
Andrea A. Firth is a writer, editor, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and has taught writing in both the college and community settings. She is an editor for the Brevity Blog. Andrea is also cofounder of Diablo Writers’ Workshop where she teaches creative writing, provides editorial consulting, and supports a vibrant writing community. Andrea has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. Her writing focus is personal essay, literary journalism and hybrid work. She was a finalist for the Missouri Review's 2021 Perkoff Prize in Nonfiction, and you can read a selection of her writing at her website and find her on Instagram.
Learn how to write captivating flash fiction and nonfiction