8/25 Flash Fiction

We’ll continue our week of “short assignments” today by talking about (and then writing) some Flash Fiction.

Many of you will be hearing about flash fiction for the first time, so pull up Wikipedia if you want an overview. But in a nutshell? Flash fiction is really short fiction.

It still has all the components of plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), but accomplishes it in an unusual way. The first and most famous “flash” was by Hemingway, and we’ll talk about it in class today:

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To get an idea of what you’re trying to do—I’m including a few other mentor texts for flash fiction as well as some “how to” suggestions and a short article about how to write flash fiction.

For your flash fiction assignment, you will imitate these mentor texts. We’ll talk about what they have in common (contain all the elements of plot, usually have a twist ending, etc). And then you’ll either…

  • Write two 55-ers (flash fiction with fifty five words or less) – the first several examples in the mentor texts are 55-ers.


  •  Write one postcard flash (flash fiction with 250 words or less) – the “Irene” example is a postcard flash.

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