Doing More with Less: Writing Flash Fiction that Resonates

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Taught by Joe Pfister

Joe Pfister is a writer, teacher, and Tecmo Super Bowl enthusiast living in Windsor Terrace. His fiction has appeared in such publications as PANKNew World WritingJuked, and decomP, among others. He is a graduate of the MFA Writing program at Sarah Lawrence College and currently serves as an online instructor for The Eckleburg Workshops, annual juror for The Scholastic Writing Awards, and fiction editor of The Boiler Journal.  

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“Sudden” fiction. Microfiction. Flash fiction. Whatever you call it, compressed storytelling challenges us to reconsider our well-established notions of narrative while serving as a mini-lab for innovation in our own writing.

In this two-hour craft course, we will study and discuss a dozen “flash fiction” stories (bite-sized tales, mostly between 100 and 1,000 words) that capture the near-limitless power and possibilities of the form. We will take a careful look at the essential components of story and explore techniques that will allow you to produce leaner, more tightly focused, and emotionally concentrated stories. By the end of class, you’ll walk away inspired to push your fiction in new, bold, and exciting directions.

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