Conference room 207
When we write short stories, what we don’t say is sometimes just as important as what we do. In this workshop, we will focus on reading and writing stories under 1,000 words. We will focus on conciseness, efficiency of language, lyricism, and specificity. In good flash fiction, rather than filling space, you are artfully clearing space. The challenge is in selecting the details that hint at the whole. Throughout the workshop, we will produce flash fiction through a variety of methods, including cutting away at longer works, playing with rhyming images, and experimenting with form. We will study the history of flash fiction by looking at authors such as Hemingway, Lydia Davis, and Italo Calvino. We will also look at modern flash fiction authors and challenge our concepts of what a narrative can be by exploring one-sentence stories as well as “Twitter stories.” Participants will create a new flash fiction piece for each week of the workshop.
Dana Diehl is the author of Our Dreams Might Align (Splice, 2018) and TV Girls (New Delta Review, 2018). Her collaborative short story collection, The Classroom Beneath the Classroom, co-written with Melissa Goodrich, is forthcoming from Gold Wake Press in February 2019. Dana earned her MFA in Fiction at Arizona State University, where she also served as editor in chief of Hayden's Ferry Review. She has taught writing at Arizona State University, Florence Prison, the National University of Singapore, and Basis Tucson Primary. She lives in Tucson.