Start Small: What Writers Can Learn from Very Short Stories
Reading and writing Very Short Stories can teach us several basic lessons of fiction writing, including the art of omission, compression, economy, and urgency. Whether you’re already part of the current Very Short Story renaissance or plan to use your Very Short Story as a springboard for a longer project, this four-week class will help you set limits that both sharpen your focus and expand your artistic freedom. Daily readings, prompts, and exercises will be provided. At the end of the course, you will receive a detailed, written response to your work. Everyone welcome.
Jennifer Tseng is the author of three award-winning poetry collections; a collection of flash fiction, The Passion of Woo & Isolde, a Firecracker Award finalist and winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award; and a novel, Mayumi & the Sea of Happiness, finalist for the PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the New England Book Award. In addition to teaching for 24PearlSt, Tseng is a Visiting Core Faculty member of OSU-Cascades' Low Residency MFA program. She lives on Martha's Vineyard.