The University of Iowa

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

Weekend July 18 to July 19 2020

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. In this workshop, we will discuss what flash fiction is and what makes it so interesting; we’ll study and discuss some examples; and of course, we’ll complete exercises and assignments, writing some flash of our own that will surprise even its authors!


The wonderful thing about this genre is that you can be anywhere in your process—from someone who has never written a fictional word, to someone who has published three novels—to benefit from its joys and restraints. Our goal is to leave the workshop on Sunday with a few finished pieces of fiction, ready to submit to magazines, that tell stories in a beautiful, breath-taking flash. This workshop is for writers of all levels. We will focus on generating new material.


In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments; provide feedback on writing you produce in our weekend.

Hybrid Forms
Short Story
Young Adult