Writing Flash Fiction: Fast, Fierce, Compact
The goal here is simple: learn to trust your instincts, get over your writing fears, and find your most immediate voice.
This seven week course will provide a creative jolt and an invigorating atmosphere designed to get you writing a number of very short fictions. Our focus will be on fast literary production, brevity, and invention.
Although the course will be fiction focused, writers of creative nonfiction, micro essays, prose poetry (and everything in between) are all welcome. We will look to classic and contemporary pieces for inspiration and dive into myths, folktales, parables and more.
Class time will be devoted to writing exercises as well as workshop and craft discussions. Students should be prepared to compose 1-3 pages per week on their own.
Michael Jeffrey Lee’s first collection, Something in My Eye, received the Mary McCarthy Prize and was published by Sarabande. His second collection, The Burned-out House, is forthcoming in 2023 from Spurl Editions. His stories have appeared in N+1, BOMB, The Rupture, and The Southern Review, among others. He has taught fiction at Tulane University, the University of Louisiana, and New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). He was the recipient of the Yale Educator Award for his work at NOCCA, and a research fellowship from the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin. He is also the vocalist for Budokan Boys.