Faculty: John Dufresne
So here’s what we’ll be doing. We’ll demystify the writing process, which may once have seemed intimidating. Writing is work; it’s a physical, if sedentary, activity. Writers write even when the writing’s not going well—especially when the writing’s not going well. We’ll discuss the craft of storytelling, explore the elements and techniques of short fiction, and examine the qualities that make for vivid and compelling flash fiction. You’ll read exemplary short-short stories that will inspire, provoke, and serve as models for your own stories. You’ll write up a storm following the prompts and exercises. You’ll play with found forms and invent your own. You’ll get writing and you’ll keep writing. You’ll learn that your characters, your settings, and your themes are out there in the world. You’ll learn to look, to listen, to pay attention, and to notice, the fiction writer’s first job. The act of writing itself, you’ll realize, the act of making up people you come to care about, the fun of playing with words and with worlds, is its own reward. And the more you write the more you’ll want to write.
Submit up to 25 pages of flash fiction with each story being no more than 1500 words. No synopsis required.
Required format for writing samples:
- 1500 words max per story.
- Begin each story on a new page, but keep page numbers consecutive throughout the manuscript.
- Font must be 12-pt Times New Roman or Arial.
- Margins must be 1 inch.
- All manuscripts must be double-spaced and must contain a header or footer with page numbers and author’s name.
- No extra spacing between paragraphs except that which indicates transitions.
- If you submit more than 25 pages, the coordinator will cut as necessary.
- Do not include title pages or dedications.