Flash fiction is fiction that tells a story in a flash—anywhere from six words (“For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.”—attributed to Hemingway) to a thousand words. Print magazines and online journals love them because they don’t take up a lot of space; readers love them because they can read a story in the time it takes to down their morning coffee; and many writers love to revel in their challenges and rewards. In this workshop, we will discuss what flash fiction is and what makes it interesting. We will study and discuss some excellent examples, and of course, we will complete exercises and assignments that will inspire us to write our own. Our goal is to leave the workshop on Sunday with at least a couple of finished pieces of fiction, ready to send out for publication, that tell a story in a beautiful, breath-taking flash. And you’ll also leave with a list of some of the best literary journals to submit them to. This workshop is intended for writers of all levels and is devoted to creating new material.
Kelly Dwyer is the author of two novels, Self-Portrait with Ghosts and The Tracks of Angels, two children’s books, and a number of short plays. She is currently teaching creative writing and doing freelance manuscript editing, as well as working on her own writing. Current projects include a novel, travel writing, and plays and flash fiction based on the Disney princesses at middle age. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Oberlin College, Kelly grew up in California and lives in Wisconsin with her husband, daughter, and their pug. Feel free to contact Kelly via www.KellyDwyerAuthor.com.