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Flash fiction is narrative that clocks in under 1,000 words. Flash is more like poetry than prose in its strong attention to semantics and in its goal of eliciting deep emotional responses. Expertise in flash requires skills, especially mastery of descriptive language and of dialogue.
Less is more. In this age of convergent media, audiences seek quick stimulation. Narratives that clock in at under 1,000 words meet that need. More like poetry than prose, flash fictions makes great demands on their writers.
Classic authors of flash include: Poe, Kafka, and Aesop. Contemporary authors of flash include: Clarke, Bradbury, and Borges.
You, too, can become a word player who tells a complete story using limited lines of text. You'll have to be willing, though, to rewrite like a fiend, specifically, and to minify your language, in general. It will help, too, if you can become picky about connotations.
In this course, plot building, descriptive language, dialogue, character development, tone, the stifling of one's inner critic, and risk taking will be addressed. You will explore these topics through synthesis questions, reading and writing assignments, and instructor feedback. What's more, you will be expected to engage in merciless editing.
Step up your writing. Learn the art of brevity. Embrace a new genre. Improve skills that will carry you through many kinds of writing.
* learn about the genre of flash fiction
* become familiar with classical and contemporary examples of flash fiction
* improve skills in plot development
* improve skills in character development
* improve skills in description writing
* improve skills in dialogue writing
* learn to differentiate among tone, voice, and mood
* gain/improve the habit of rewriting
* build sufficient self-confidence to employ new creative risks
* increase enjoyment in the writing process
* increase motivation to engage in the writing process