Category: Flash Talk

Flash Fiction: The Defining Sentence
One of the things I love about reading and writing Flash fiction is that a story can turn or pirouette in one sentence from a standard...
Flash Fiction: The Defining Sentence
“What is Flash Fiction”
A friend of mine recently asked about the difference between flash fiction and prose poetry and I found myself, somewhat embarrassingly,...
“What is Flash Fiction”
“Keeping it Short and Sweet- Flash Fiction”
Flash Fiction: For Life On The Go Short stories have long held appeal to readers who lead busy lives. Many of the works of Charles Dickens...
“Keeping it Short and Sweet- Flash Fiction”
“Lean & Mean-ing: Flash Fiction as Compromise Between Digital Impatience and Search for Meaning”
Studying creative writing, in particular fiction, is about more than just learning how to invent stories or passing time with an...
“Lean & Mean-ing: Flash Fiction as Compromise Between Digital Impatience and Search for Meaning”
“Flashes On The Meridian: Dazzled by Flash Fiction”
Lately there are brilliant flashes of fiction almost everywhere you look. You see them in print journals, magazines, anthologies,...
“Flashes On The Meridian: Dazzled by Flash Fiction”
“Defining Such a Thing as Flash Fiction”
It’s an operation of mental classification and it requires much thinking inside the box. Even so, there are worse ways of thinking. The...
“Defining Such a Thing as Flash Fiction”
“Richard Skinner on Writing Flash Fiction”
Richard Skinner, is a poet, author and head of the Faber Academy's fiction programme. Amanda Saint had a chance to sopeak with him, and...
“Richard Skinner on Writing Flash Fiction”
Be Yourself: Memorable Characters in Flash
Lord of the Rings’ Gandalf, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Memorable characters are at...
Be Yourself: Memorable Characters in Flash
A Short Course in Short-Short Fiction
Short-shorts seem so simple. Also known by such names as sudden, flash or micro fiction, short-shorts are tight little tales packed into 1,...
A Short Course in Short-Short Fiction
“The Remarkable Reinvention of Very Short Fiction”
Is very short fiction a renaissance or a reinvention? Are these stories defined by length, and what does a story require? In this essay...
“The Remarkable Reinvention of Very Short Fiction”
Letting the Small Magnify the Big: Symbols in Flash
When I mention flash fiction to non-writers, most have no idea what I’m talking about. “Flash? What’s that?” After...
Letting the Small Magnify the Big: Symbols in Flash
“Stories in Your Pocket: How to Write Flash Fiction”
June 21st was National Flash Fiction Day – the first one ever – and it's an exciting day for me and many others who...
“Stories in Your Pocket: How to Write Flash Fiction”
“Flash Fiction and the Borg: In Praise of the Literary Still Moment”
For the past several years I have been teaching a flash fiction course to my college creative writing program’s advanced students....
“Flash Fiction and the Borg: In Praise of the Literary Still Moment”
“Turn Your Anecdotes Into Flash Fiction”
Stories, stories everywhere! You hear anecdotes and gossip at the office water cooler, over the backyard fence, at parties. You watch...
“Turn Your Anecdotes Into Flash Fiction”
“Flash Fiction: Bounded in a Nutshell”
That effective fictional narratives have for ages arrived in assorted sizes –  including those small enough to whisper, “Brevity is...
“Flash Fiction: Bounded in a Nutshell”