R123. Teaching Brief, Sudden, Flash, and Very Short Prose

Room LL4, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


With The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction now a familiar text among college-level instructors and an international anthology of very short fiction due out from Norton, questions about best approaches to attempting brief prose abound. If this can be a good way to teach writing, as anthologist Robert Shapard suggests, how do students negotiate the new horizons of genre and form? Five instructors offer lessons from workshops, grading, new media, doctoral research, and more.



Raul Benjamin Moreno is a doctoral student at the University of South Dakota, where he teaches advanced writing courses and edits nonfiction for South Dakota Review. His essays and journalism have been published by The Normal School, The Millions, and NPR.

Meagan Cass is an assistant professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she directs the creative writing program. Her fiction has recently appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Pinch, and Puerto Del Sol. She is an assistant editor for Sundress Publications.

Damian Dressick teaches writing at Robert Morris University. His work has appeared in nearly fifty literary journals, including failbetter.com, New Delta Review, Alimentum, McSweeney's (online), Caketrain, Smokelong Quarterly, and Contrary magazine.

Sara Henning is a doctoral student at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as managing editor for South Dakota Review. The author of two collections of poetry, A Sweeter Water and To Speak of Dahlias, her work appears in such journals as Verse, Willow Springs, and Crab Orchard Review.

Steve Pacheco is an author in the anthology Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets. He also served as guest editor for the Yellow Medicine Review. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at Southwest Minnesota State University, where he teaches writing and literature.


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