Category: Flash Talk

“4 Ways To End a Story: Short Stories & Flash Fiction”

It’s difficult to describe good and bad art with accuracy. Creative writing suffers the same fate. What makes a polished story? How does...

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...

“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,...

“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...

“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...

“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,...

“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...

“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...

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...

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,...

“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...

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...

“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...

“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....

“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...

“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...