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Fundamentals of Flash with Jasmine Sawers

$330.00 · January 22

Interrogate the flash form and generate new work in this introductory class with Jasmine Sawers.

Start Date

January 22

Day(s) of the Week


Class Times

6:30pm – 9:00pm CT




Zoom (online)




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Flash fiction has a tough job: to convey a universe of emotion in a bite-sized space. Each word must occupy its perfect place while leaving room for implication and for readers’ imaginations to bloom. The language must carry not only what appears on the page, but the weight of the piece’s silences. The reward for such concision is a lightning bolt to the reader’s heart.

Interrogate the flash form and generate new work in this introductory class with Jasmine Sawers. For the first three sessions, we will read and discuss published pieces with careful attention paid to craft techniques and do a writing exercise with the option to share drafts aloud. Participants in the first workshop will submit their pieces during week 3, while participants in the second workshop will submit in week 4.

All readings provided.

Week 1: What makes for effective flash?

Week 2: Orientation and “the establishing shot”

Week 3: Balancing broad brush strokes with essential detail

Week 4: Workshop I

Week 5: Workshop II


Outside reading: Jasmine will provide links or PDFs to a handful of flash pieces for study in the first three weeks. The readings will be brief as befits the flash form. Sample authors include Kathy Fish, Jacqueline Doyle, Jiksun Cheung, Lydia Davis, Jamaica Kincaid, Celeste Chen, and others.

About Jasmine Sawers

Jasmine Sawers’s fiction and creative nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in such journals as Ploughshares, NANO Fiction, Fairy Tale Review, The Conium Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gingerbread House, The Offing, AAWW’s The Margins, Barren Magazine, Corvid Queen, and more. Sawers’s work has won the Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest, the NANO Prize, and the Fractured Lit Reprint Prize and placed in many other contests.

Their debut collection, The Anchored World, came out from Rose Metal Press in fall of 2022. It was a finalist for the 2023 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection.