Funky Forms in Flash Fiction
Introductory | Step into the world of “hermit crab” flash, in which narratives take unexpected forms. In this introductory session, we’ll explore unique forms of flash fiction (lists, letters, recipes, order forms, maps), which you’ll use as inspiration for your own off-kilter creations. After a brief review of the techniques of flash, we’ll read and analyze published stories, then write to prompts inspired by these forms. You will have an opportunity to share excerpts with your classmates and find out where to read more funky flash—and possibly submit some of your own!
Tara Campbell is a writer and teacher specializing in speculative fiction and flash fiction. She is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse, and teaches fiction at American University, Johns Hopkins University's Master in Writing, The Writer's Center, Politics and Prose, and the National Gallery of Art's Writing Salon. She's published a novel and four collections, as well as stories in publications such as SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Wigleaf, Booth, Strange Horizons, and CRAFT Literary. Before earning her MFA at American University, Tara received an MA in German, and a BA in English. She is a Kimbilio Fellow, and the recipient of the following awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities: the 2016 Larry Neal Writers' Award in Adult Fiction, the 2016 Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding New Artist, and Arts and Humanities Fellowships for 2018 – 2022. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Tara Campbell has also lived in Oregon, Ohio, New York, Germany and Austria. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @TaraCampbellCom or Instagram: @thetreevolution or go to www.taracampbell.com for more information.