This module introduces you flash fiction: a very short narrative form that works through compression, the use of imagery, and the omission of sequential narrative material. We will explore the form through exemplar texts from around the world and you will develop the editorial skills necessary to capture flash fiction’s brevity and imaginative power in your own work.
Taught via literature seminars and practitioner workshops, you will experience a range of techniques, including generative writing prompts. You will also learn how to respond reflectively and creatively to feedback - to this end, one seminar each term will be replaced by a one-to-one personal tutorial.
Indicative study themes:
How narrative shapes experience and memory
Starting points and how to develop them
Positioning the reader - narrative modes
Voice and cultural context - who is talking and how?
Language, imagery and metaphor
Allusion and allegory
Editing and compression
Exploring genre in flash fiction?
Flash fiction or prose poems