Flash Fiction Forms

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Have you ever looked at a map or a recipe and thought “there’s a story there”? No? Well, it’s time to change that. In this four-week course, participants will explore different forms of flash fiction and use them as a basis for our own, off-kilter creations. Come ready to read, write, and give feedback on each other’s work.

About Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell is the grateful recipient of the 33rd Annual Larry Neal Writers' Award and the 31st Annual Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding New Artist. She’s an assistant fiction editor at Barrelhouse and columnist for the Washington Independent Review of Books. She teaches a summer flash course at American University.

Teaching Style: Tara feels her role as an instructor is to provide tools and parameters to allow workshop participants to learn through discussion with their classmates. When analyzing published works, Tara chooses works that have strong elements to learn from, but that also leave room for participants to talk about whether a piece resonated with them, and if not, why. When critiquing a piece of work, she is careful to have a balance of things that work and questions or opportunities for strengthening, and encourages that approach in group workshopping as well.


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