Brevity

A Flash Fiction Handbook

Author: David Galef

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231543131

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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In Brevity, David Galef provides a guide to writing flash fiction, from tips on technique to samples by canonical and contemporary authors to provocative prompts that inspire powerful stories in a little space. Galef traces the genre back to its varied origins, from the short-short to nanofiction, with examples that include vignettes, prose poems, character sketches, fables, lists, twist stories, surrealism, and metafiction. The authors range from the famous, such as Colette and Borges, to today's voices, like Roxane Gay and Bruce Holland Rogers. A writer and longtime creative writing teacher, Galef also shows how flash fiction skills translate to other types of writing. Brevity is an indispensable resource for anyone working in this increasingly popular form. For more information, see davidgalef.com/brevity.

Brevity

A Flash Fiction Handbook

Author: David Galef

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780231179683

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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Flash fiction is over in the blink of an eye yet lingers with the reader. In Brevity, David Galef guides creative writing students through this timely literary genre, detailing best techniques, key examples, and provocative prompts that will help aspiring writers pack the most punch in the fewest words. Flash fiction, or the "short-short," which encompasses vignettes, prose poems, character sketches, fables, lists, twist stories, surrealism, metafiction, and other forms, has taken off over the past decade in both print and digital publications. Galef traces the genre back to such writers as Colette, Donald Barthelme, and Borges, demonstrating the compression and concision of character, plot, and dialogue that make the perfect miniature. Galef, a writer and longtime creative writing instructor, shows how developing one's skills in the short-short form can translate to other forms of writing. His diverse selection of stories and engaging exercises and prompts make Brevity a valuable resource for creative writing students and others who want to try their hands at this increasingly popular form.

Brevity

A Flash Fiction Handbook

Author: David Galef

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780231179690

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

View: 445

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Flash fiction is over in the blink of an eye yet lingers with the reader. In Brevity, David Galef guides creative writing students through this timely literary genre, detailing best techniques, key examples, and provocative prompts that will help aspiring writers pack the most punch in the fewest words. Flash fiction, or the "short-short," which encompasses vignettes, prose poems, character sketches, fables, lists, twist stories, surrealism, metafiction, and other forms, has taken off over the past decade in both print and digital publications. Galef traces the genre back to such writers as Colette, Donald Barthelme, and Borges, demonstrating the compression and concision of character, plot, and dialogue that make the perfect miniature. Galef, a writer and longtime creative writing instructor, shows how developing one's skills in the short-short form can translate to other forms of writing. His diverse selection of stories and engaging exercises and prompts make Brevity a valuable resource for creative writing students and others who want to try their hands at this increasingly popular form.

My Date with Neanderthal Woman

Author: David Galef

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480425958

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

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Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition Is it true that Neanderthal women have natural charm? How do you cope with a spouse who’s a charismatic kleptomaniac? Does it matter if the souvenir you bring home from Africa is another human being? What can a wife do if all that remains of her husband is what he left in the bathroom that morning? Never mind waking up one morning as a giant insect. What about metamorphosing into your mother? David Galef’s My Date with Neanderthal Woman, the winner of Dzanc Books’ first Short Story Collection Competition, responds to these and other questions: thirty-three visions of lives that—let’s hope—are far from your own.

Brevity & echo

an anthology of short short stories

Author: Kathleen Rooney

Publisher: Rose Metal Pr Inc

ISBN: 9780978984809

Category: Fiction

Page: 154

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This collection of previously published short shorts by Emerson alumni celebrates the short short genre and the important role Emerson College's writing program has played in the history of that genre. The anthology features authors: Derrick Ableman, Joann Avallon, Rusty Barnes, Jane Berentson, Stace Budzko, Leslie Busler, Jennifer Carr, Keith Carter, Chip Cheek, Amy L. Clark, Kirsten Culbertson, Mark DeCarteret, Erin Dionne, Denise Duhamel, Elizabeth Kemper French, Lee Harrington, Jen Heller, Chris Helmuth, Steve Himmer, Brian Hinshaw, Jacqueline Holland, Amanda Holzer, Shannon Huffman, John F. Kersey, Laurel Dile King, Mariette Landry, Molly Lanzarotta, Don Lee, Matt Marinovich, Tara L. Masih, Melissa McCracken, Sheehan McGuirk, LaTanya McQueen, Maryanne O Hara, Janice O Leary, Josh Pahigian, Jennifer Pieroni, Robert Repino, Ashley Rice, Matt Rittenhouse, Joe Robb, Beth Anne Royer, Brian Ruuska, Mary Saliba, Nina R. Scheider, Kimberly Ann Southwick, R. S. Steinberg, Cam Terwilliger, Terry Thuemling, and Laura van den Berg, as well as an introduction by Ron Carlson and an afterword by Pamela Painter.

Cold Flashes

Literary Snapshots of Alaska

Author: Michael Engelhard

Publisher: University of Alaska Press

ISBN: 1602230943

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

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As the old adage goes, "if you can't say it in a few pages, you won't in a hundred." The selections in Cold Flashes—very short prose and black-and-white photographs—embody perfectly this transparency, thrift, and restraint. Found here are highly polished micro-narratives, both fiction and nonfiction, and a series of eloquent and artistic halftones that capture their sizeable subjects in a nutshell. By minimizing the exposition, the selections stimulate the imagination to reflect on the rich diversity of people and places that make up Alaska. To be savored piecemeal at coffee shops, on the bus, or while waiting in line, the images and text in Cold Flashes will resonate with both the reader and each other, fusing into something profound yet elusive.

Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World

Author: James Thomas,Robert Shapard,Christopher Merrill

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393352420

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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A dazzling new anthology of the very best very short fiction from around the world. What is a flash fiction called in other countries? In Latin America it is a micro, in Denmark kortprosa, in Bulgaria mikro razkaz. These short shorts, usually no more than 750 words, range from linear narratives to the more unusual: stories based on mathematical forms, a paragraph-length novel, a scientific report on volcanic fireflies that proliferate in nightclubs. Flash has always—and everywhere—been a form of experiment, of possibility. A new entry in the lauded Flash and Sudden Fiction anthologies, this collection includes 86 of the most beautiful, provocative, and moving narratives by authors from six continents, including best-selling writer Etgar Keret, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah, Korean screenwriter Kim Young-ha, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, and Argentinian “Queen of the Microstory” Ana María Shua, among many others. These brilliantly chosen stories challenge readers to widen their vision and celebrate both the local and the universal.

Short

An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms

Author: Alan Ziegler

Publisher: Persea Books

ISBN: 9780892554324

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 318

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Dating back to the sixteenth century, an anthology of short stories, poems, and other abbreviated writings includes the work of over two hundred contributors, including Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, and Dave Eggers.

Damn Sure Right

Author: Meg Pokrass

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781935708179

Category: Fiction

Page: 167

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A collection of eighty-eight flash fiction stories some of which have been previously published in literary journals and e-zines.

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry

Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice

Author: Gary L. McDowell,Frank Daniel Rzicznek

Publisher: Rose Metal PressInc

ISBN: 9780978984885

Category: Poetry

Page: 192

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A gathering of 34 brief essays and 66 prose poems by contemporary practitioners.

Fast Fiction

Creating Fiction in Five Minutes

Author: Roberta Allen

Publisher: Story Press Books

ISBN: 9781884910272

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 198

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With prompts and exercises, readers will create fiction in short bursts of time. Allen then shows how this short fiction can be the basis of longer stories, or novels.

Flash!

Author: John Dufresne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780393352351

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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The history of fiction has been dominated by the novel and the short story. But now a brave new genre has emerged: very brief fiction. FLASH! identifies the qualities that make for excellent flash fiction, demystifies the writing process, and guides writers by exercise and example through the world of the very short story. John Dufresne's characteristic warmth, wit, and humor remind writers of the joy in the creative process, making this a perfect guide for any writer interested in trying a new form.

The Story Cure

A Book Doctor's Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir

Author: Dinty W. Moore

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0399578811

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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A collection of cures for writer's block, plotting and characterization issues, and other ailments writers face when completing a novel or memoir, prescribed by the director of creative writing at Ohio University. People want to write the book they know is inside of them, but they run into stumbling blocks that trouble everyone from beginners to seasoned writers. Drawing on his years of teaching at both the university level and at writing workshops across the country, Professor Dinty W. Moore dons his book-doctor hat to present an authoritative guide to curing the issues that truly plague writers at all levels. His hard-hitting handbook provides inspiring solutions for diagnoses such as character anemia, flat plot, and silent voice, and is peppered with flashes of Moore's signature wit and unique take on the writing life.

Half a Life

A Memoir

Author: Darin Strauss

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679643821

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life. In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad's Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to play mini-golf. Then: a classmate swerved in front of his car. The collision resulted in her death. With piercing insight and stark prose, Darin Strauss leads us on a deeply personal, immediate, and emotional journey—graduating high school, going away to college, starting his writing career, falling in love with his future wife, becoming a father. Along the way, he takes a hard look at loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and, at last, acceptance. The result is a staggering, uplifting tour de force. Look for special features inside, including an interview with Colum McCann. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.com From the Trade Paperback edition.

Even Monkeys Fall from Trees

The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs

Author: David Galef

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462903185

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 224

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Even Monkeys Fall From Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs, with a foreword by Edward G. Seidensticker, is a collection of the hundred most common Japanese proverbs, with direct translations and their English equivalents. A delightful window into the heart of everyday Japan, Even Monkeys Fall From Trees is an indispensable guide for the traveler, student, or businessman—or anyone curious about the culture of Japan.

Bad Motel

100-Word Stories

Author: Robert Scotellaro

Publisher: Big Table Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780996988766

Category:

Page: N.A

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"Like perfectly crafted dioramas, Robert Scotellaro's micro stories are tiny keyholes, tableau glimpses into fully formed worlds, entire lives implied with the barest swipe of words said, and more importantly not said." Nancy Stohlman, The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories "There are no vacancies at the Bad Motel. Every room is occupied by characters we recognize, interacting in exactly a hundred words, in provocative ways that are probing and prophetic. Behind every door there is word magic being performed, and here are the desk clerk's keys. Welcome! Come on in and see for yourself." James Thomas, editor of Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction anthologies "With grit and pathos, and at times sparked with humor, these intricate 100-word stories in Bad Motel travel far and daringly beyond their very short borders." Paul Beckman, Author of Peek "You can't be complacent when you read Robert Scotellaro's stories. Each line, each word, demands attention. He's a master of the miniature tale, wielding concision like a sculptor's knife. He uncovers those strange moments of life that haunt, bewilder, and reveal with a poetry that is daring. These 100-word stories are both barbed and beautiful." Grant Faulkner, author of Fissures and co-founder and editor of 100 Word Story