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Reading and Writing Flash Fiction

Description: What are the differences between flash fiction and short fiction? What about between flash fiction and vignettes? How does flash fiction work?

In this class, we will attempt to answer these and other flash-fiction related questions by reading and discussing great flash fiction, then, by way of weekly writing prompts, writing our own.

By the end of the class, students will be able to understand and analyze a wider variety of flash fiction, offer constructive, specific feedback, and draft, workshop, and revise several pieces of original flash.
Instructor: Alida Dean is a graduate of the University of Montana's MFA program and the University of Cincinnati's PhD program in Creative Writing. Her stories can be found in Big FictionLitbreakNashville ReviewNinth Letter, and Soft Punk, among other venues. She currently lives in Ithaca, New York, where she works at The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.


Details: Reading and Writing Flash Fiction takes place Wednesdays October 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 8 and 15, 6:30-8:30pm remotely online via Zoom.

Prerequisites: Any emerging level fiction/nonfiction/poetry writing course

Genre: Fiction

Level: Intermediate

Format: Generative workshop with craft elements and writing in class and outside of class, plus group sharing.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with an advanced generative fiction writing workshop or a feedback course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by August 21.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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