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How to Write Flash Fiction

Sunday, December 9, 2018

3:00PM - 6:00PM

$60 New Student | $45 Returning

Live Stream Available

Short-short stories—fiction under 2000 words—are bursts of literary impact: compressions of intensity, action, characters, and stakes: what the writer and teacher Jonathan Penner described as “tiny kingdoms.” You might also know this genre as flash fiction or sudden fiction. But whatever you call them, pieces of sudden fiction are not simply anecdotes or narrative versions of the  abbreviated, short-cut expressions of Twitter. Rather, sudden fiction can offer a literary experience that is as real and as memorable as a novel. And for writers, they can provide profound opportunities to examine closely the essential elements of persuasive and affective storytelling.

In this seminar, we’ll read several pieces of sudden fiction and, as if we’re laying the parts of a watch on a table, consider how the various elements of the stories work to create their impact. What drives the story forward—what makes it “tick?” By what means is the reader moved? What makes the characters vivid and credible? How does a writer do more with less? Ultimately, our goal is to develop a heightened understanding of the dynamics of a fictional world. And time permitting, we’ll apply the lessons of our inquiry and write a piece of sudden fiction ourselves.

  • Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

    • Eden Elieff Presenter

    • Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM

    • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

    • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

    Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.


Instructor Eden Elieff is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, a teacher, and private writing coach. She has published work in literary journals, the Dallas Morning News, and also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Student Testimonials

“There are lots of good writing teachers; Eden Elieff is one of the great ones. She’s not just a published writer & extremely knowledgeable about the entire field.  She’s also a great instructor. She focuses on supporting you & your writing goals and makes you do the work. From provoking you to counseling you to giving you actionable ideas, Eden will help you get to where you should go. Whatever writing subject she teaches - take her course!”

"Yesterday filled me with joy. What was I doing? I was in Eden Elieff's Fiction or Memoir Class. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Her materials (excerpts from esteemed texts, both memoir and fiction) were eye-opening. Her writing exercises were invigorating. The entire three hours transported me back to my beloved MFA days and reminded me of why I am a writer. (Bonus: She has her MFA from Bennington!) Through the examination of the passages, I was able to further paw my way out of my pile of confusion over what I am writing and I feel I am closer now to what I must pursue: an autobiographical novel, which I had no idea existed. Or rather, was classified as such. I highly HIGHLY recommend her as a teacher. I look forward to more classes with Eden!"