1:00-2:30 p.m. 4-week, 90-minute course begins Monday 1/17
The “flash fiction” form (stories of 1,000 words or less) has become popular with writers seeking to stretch their creative muscles and with teachers of writing. This course, limited to 12 students, will cover the history of flash fiction and provide tips for writing very short stories. A prompt will be given at the end of each session. Each student will write a flash fiction story to that prompt for the next session. Course time will be used for sharing our stories and discussing the challenges and joys of telling a good story in a limited space. Suggested readings: David Treadwell and Anneka Williams, A Flash Fiction Exchange Between Methuselah and the Maiden: Sixty Short Stories to While Away the Hours; Tara L. Marsh, editor, The Rose Petal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers and Writers in the Field, ISBN 978-0978984861; Nancy Stohlman, Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction, 978-1912095797. David Treadwell has been a professional writer for over 40 years, specializing in writing admissions and fund-material for schools and colleges. He has written over 400 newspaper and magazine pieces over the last 20 years, including his “Just a Little Old” column in The Times Record. He began writing flash fiction in October, 2020.