In the Classroom

  • Train Dreams: A Novella
    Train Dreams: A Novella
    by Denis Johnson
  • Bluets
    by Maggie Nelson
  • We the Animals: A novel
    We the Animals: A novel
    by Justin Torres

I taught a flash fiction workshop at Knox College in the spring of 2010. Here's some of what went down:


From the syllabus...

Further reading...


The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field, Tara L. Masih, Editor  

Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, David Lehman, Editor

One Hundred and Forty-Five Stories in a Small Box: Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, and Minor Robberies, by Sarah Manguso, Dave Eggers, and Deb Olin Unferth

Supplemental readings included packets containing work by:

Ernest Hemingway, from In Our Time

Yusinari Kawabata, from Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

Daniil Kharms, from Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings…

Lydia Davis, from Break it Down

Microfictions from FRiGG Magazine

Tina May Hall, from All the Day’s Sad Stories

Matt Bell, from The Collectors

Jamie Iredell, from Prose. Poems. A Novel.

Aaron Burch, from How to Take Yourself Apart, How to Make Yourself Anew

Peter Markus, from Good, Brother


Kate Carsella
Tasha Coryell
Carolyn Hanig

Liz Ketchum
Sam Martone
Kevin Morris
Annie Zak