Types of Creative Writing

Flash Fiction and Prose Poems and Everything In-Between

This class meets online.

What makes a poem a poem and a story a story?

Focusing primarily on short fiction, we will explore the differences between the platypuses of the writing world: prose poems and flash fiction. We will seek to define these genres and read masters of these forms. Even better, we will write prose poems and very short fiction–varying from one paragraph (or even a sentence!) to 3-4 pages.

Also, since this is also a Writing Intensive class, we will also write reflections/ essays that examine how these stories and poems are constructed and how they elicit reader responses.
Learning Outcomes
Understanding of the elements of a story
Introduction to different styles and forms of poetry
Familiarity with workshop procedure and etiquette
Ability to understand texts from a craft perspective
Ability to analyze one’s own authorial decisions
Students will produce a significant amount of writing such that the course fulfills the requirements of its mandatory W focus designation (i.e. 4000 words)
This course additionally meets Institutional Learning Objective #2 “Intellectual and Practical Skills”

Possible Texts:
Can’t and Won’t
Lydia Davis
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (2014)

Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World
Editors: James Thomas, Robert Shapard, Christopher Merrill
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (2015)

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
Editor: Tara L. Masih
Publisher: Rose Metal Press; First edition (2009)

Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice
Editors Gary L. McDowell and F. Daniel Rzicznek
Publisher: Rose Metal Press; first edition (2010)

Various readings (laulima)