About this course

In recent years, ‘flash fiction’ has emerged as an important player in the world of the written word. Writers and editors from across the globe have been dashing out collections, anthologies, and literary magazines devoted to short stories no longer than 1000, 500, 100, or even 25 words. Does flash fiction speak to today’s society in a special way? What can flash fiction accomplish that longer forms of fiction can’t?

In the first half of this course, we will tackle the challenge of writing flash fiction through close reading, seminar-style discussion, and a sequence of written exercises; in the second, we will discuss your stories in a set of differentiated workshops, from small groups to large groups to out-of-class ‘writing group meet-ups.’ There will be equal emphasis on composition (producing new work) and revision (improving that new work). Texts will include Short: An International Anthology, Flash Fiction International, and collections from contemporary masters, such as Etgar Keret, Lydia Davis, Osama Alomar or Joy Williams. By the end of the course, you’ll have studied a diverse variety of flash fiction and written a strong portfolio of your own original work.

In addition, we’ll pay close attention to the relationship between flash fiction and the experience of international travel. A writing-minded field trip to the Cotswolds – with its castles, cathedrals, walking trails, wildlife parks and museums – will further ignite our sense of wonder.

Professor: Joseph Scapellato, Assistant Professor of English, Bucknell University, PA. Email: jfs037@bucknell.edu


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