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Keeping It Brief: Writing Flash Fiction

Sudden fiction. Micro fiction. Short shorts. Generally considered anything under 1,000 words, flash fiction is an exciting, innovative art form that takes elements of a short story and compacts them, forging a gem from a lump of coal. Students will study classics of short-form fiction, from writers such as Jean Toomer, Evan S. Connell, and Maggie Nelson. They will learn how to build plot, tension, and structure in a few short words via a mixture of workshops and in-class writing exercises. Expect to produce up to six new pieces.

This class takes place at Ballard Homestead, 6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Ruth Joffre

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 07/08/2015

No Class On: July 22

End Date: 08/19/2015

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Ruth Joffre

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast (Grove Atlantic 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, The Masters Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Copper Nickel. Her book reviews have been published in The Rumpus, The Millions, Kenyon Review Online, and Colorado Review. Ruth is the 2020-2021 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. She lives in Seattle.

Writers I return to: Kelly Link, N. K. Jemisin, Ted Chiang, Jeff VanderMeer, Alexander Chee, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Annie Proulx, Kathy Fish

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