Elements of the Short Form: an Introduction to Flash (ASYNCHRONOUS)
All Levels | This course will teach the student about flash as a form, specifically examining five elements of flash. We will read a great number of flash examples from master of the craft, including Amy Hempel, Sejal Shah, and George Saunders. Students will be required to generate at least one piece of flash per week; a syllabus will detail other class requirements, such as discussion boards and peer critique. This class takes place online through our partners at Wet Ink, and sessions can be done at your own pace throughout the week.
Becca Yenser is author of Bang the Dream (Selcouth Station Press, 2021), The Grief Lottery (forthcoming, ELJ Editions, 2022) and A Constellation of Wounds (forthcoming, Bone and Ink Press, 2022). Their semi-autobiographical novella, The Ms. Pac Man Chronicles, won the Daily Drunk Mag’s 2021 novella chapbook contest. More fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in Hobart, Bending Genres, Tiny Molecules, Heavy Feather Review, Susan, Ink Node, Fanzine, Superfroot Magazine, and X-Ray Literary Journal.
Yenser is the recipient of the 2021 Reflex International Flash Fiction Contest. They were awarded Honorable Mention for the Masters Review 2021 Chapbook Contest, the Toasted Cheese Dead of Winter Horror Fiction Contest (2021), and the Waxing and Waning Prose Award (2021).
Yenser earned an MFA at Wichita State University, where they studied fiction and poetry and were named Fiction Fellow. They worked as an award-winning reporter and arts and culture writer for WSU’s student-run paper, The Sunflower. Yenser also served as fiction editor and co-Editor-in-Chief of Mikrokosmos Literary Journal.
The poet Jessica Q. Stark (author of Savage Pageant and editor of AGNI), commented, “Becca Yenser’s Bang the Dream is a revving engine, a clandestine swig under black sky, a series of torn portraits in which everyone feels a little bit haunted.” The writer Kevin Maloney (Cult of Loretta), reviewing Bang the Dream, remarks, “Like the best of Lucia Berlin or Denis Johnson, Becca Yenser paints broken people against ecstatic landscapes: grievers moon-gazing in Ireland, junkies nodding off next to a Kansas River, an Albuquerque drug dealer fly fishing with the pink Sandias looming in the distance.”
Yenser was born in Iowa, raised in Oregon, and currently resides in New Mexico.