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Instructor: Cheryl Pappas
Monday - Friday
August 19 - 23
1pm - 4pm
5 Sessions


Flash fiction—stories under 1,000 words—is one of the most exhilarating forms of literature to write, and it’s enjoying a resurgence in the literary world. This very short format allows for an exciting range of possibilities in style, tone, and subject. This workshop is open to those who are new to the form as well as those who are already familiar with it and want to generate new work. You will learn about the history of flash, read excellent and varied examples, take part in writing and editing exercises, and produce three polished 500-word stories by week’s end. We’ll also talk about where to submit your flash and the publication process.


Cheryl Pappas’s flash fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in 100-Word Story, The Bitter Oleander, SmokeLong Quarterly, and more. Her reviews of flash fiction collections have appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly and Compulsive Reader. In 2018, she won the Fairy Tale Review’s 280-character Flash Fairy Tale Contest. She received an MFA in Fiction from Bennington Writing Seminars and is currently working on a collection of fables. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts and is an editor at the Harvard Art Museums.