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Styles of Flash Fiction

All Levels. This class will examine different styles of flash fiction, such as extended metaphor, anecdote, aphorism, lyric, and found forms. To ground our understanding of these forms, we will look at examples from authors such as George Saunders, Margaret Atwood, Rebecca Brown, Donald Barthelme, Junot Diaz, and Roxane Gay; as well as fictions by lesser-known authors in contemporary literary magazines. Our goal will be to understand the iceberg effect of the short form and how different styles of flash fiction can create elements that are hinted at or implied (rather than written) on the page. In addition to generative writing exercises and style imitations, each student will turn in one flash piece for workshop.

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Instructor: John Englehardt

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 02/27/2017

End Date: 04/03/2017

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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John Englehardt

John Englehardt is a fiction writer, editor at Pacifica Literary Review, and a former Made at Hugo House fellow. He won the 2014 Wabash prize in fiction, the Conium Review's 2014 Flash Fiction Contest, and The Stranger's A&P story contest, judged by Sherman Alexie and Rebecca Brown. He holds an MFA from University of Arkansas, and his writing has appeared in Sycamore Review, The Stranger, Seattle Review of Books, and The James Franco Review.

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