University of Iowa

Flash Fiction in a Flash: Writing (and Submitting) Publishable Flash Fiction

Weekend June 23 to June 24 2018

Flash fiction is fiction that tells a story in a flash—anywhere from six words (“For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.”—attributed to Hemingway) to a thousand words. Print magazines and online journals love flash fictions, because they don’t take up a lot of space; readers love them, because they can read a story in the time it takes to down their morning coffee; and many writers love to revel in their challenges and rewards. In this weekend workshop, we will discuss what flash fiction is and what makes it interesting, we will study and discuss some excellent examples, and of course, we will complete exercises and assignments that will inspire us to write our own. Our goal is to leave the workshop on Sunday with a few pieces of finished fiction, ready to send out for publication, that tell a story in a beautiful, breath-taking flash. And you’ll also leave with a list of some of the best literary journals to which to send them. This workshop is intended for writers of all levels and is devoted to creating new material.