In this workshop students will read, write, and revise a sudden fiction story. Sudden fiction, otherwise known as flash fiction, is different from other forms of fiction by its low word count. Writing sudden fiction is invigorating and challenging.
In this class, we will read many examples over the course of the workshop, and students will shepherd their story from genesis to completion. Homework will consist of revisions and a few exercises to help ensure that your piece is as polished and economically written as possible. Prior fiction or nonfiction writing is strongly suggested. Students should be comfortable using computers and programs.
Week 1: What constitutes sudden fiction? * Elements Worksheet * Readings
Week 2: What’s a Praise Sandwich? Readings * Revision * Elements of good critique
Week 3: Finding submission markets Review & Revision * Critique * Readings
Week 4: Workshopping stories * Readings * Critique
Week 5: Workshopping stories * Readings * Critique
Week 6: Story Shares