Flash fiction – defined as stories under 1,000 words – is a versatile form flourishing in our age of information overload. Learn how to harness the power of brevity, compression and immediacy that make flash stories compelling in our 1-day course.

This course will meet on Sunday, 23 January 2022 from 10:00 – 17:00 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Beethovenstraat 32, 1077 JH Amsterdam. Class size is 8 to 15 people. Note: If you are currently enrolled in one of our 8-week workshops (autumn or winter), don’t forget to use your members’ discount code when you register to receive 25% off.

Please see our page on the measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 that we are putting into place and associated requirements for participation in this course. If you are unvaccinated or you or any members of your household are in a higher risk category, we recommend one of our online courses instead.

In this course we will:

  • Learn about the various types of flash (micro, monologue, individual scene, experimental, etc.)
  • Analyze contemporary and classic flash pieces and discuss what makes a flash piece work
  • Write several different types of flash fiction
  • Practice revision of drafts, with the aim of compression
  • Look at publishing options for flash fiction

By the end of the course, you will have initial drafts of at least 2 flash pieces and exercises you can return to for future inspiration.

This course is taught by Megin Jiménez. Megin is an assistant flash fiction editor at Split Lip Magazine and holds an MFA in poetry from The New School. She is the author of Mongrel Tongue, a collection of prose poems and hybrid texts, selected by Daniel Borzutzky for the 1913 First Book Prize. Her writing has appeared in Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Tarpaulin Sky and other journals.

Want help with your draft? You can also sign up for a manuscript review with Megin.

Tea, coffee and cookies provided, plus drinks and snacks afterwards.

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