F148. Grandmasters of Flash: They Wrote the Book on It!

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


You can tell a literary genre has hit the mainstream when it’s deemed worthy of a textbook. This panel features four authors of flash fiction handbooks talking about what techniques they’ve included and how to teach them. They’ll discuss theory and craft for varying audiences, from high school to college and beyond; the future of the genre; and who may write the next great flash fiction.



David Galef has published novels, story collections, poetry books, children’s books, criticism, and Japanese translation. His latest book is Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook. He is a professor of English and the creative writing program director at Montclair State University.

John Dufresne is the author of two story collections, six novels, and three books on craft, including Flash! A Guide to Writing Very Short Fiction. He teaches creative writing at Florida International University, and is at work on a novel and an illustrated guide to writing fiction.

Nancy Stohlman's books include Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction (forthcoming), Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities, The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories, and Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. She is the creator of the Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series.

Randall Brown teaches in the MFA Program at Rosemont College, after a three-year stint as its Director. The author of Mad to Live, his short and very short fictions have been published and anthologized widely. He’s also the managing editor of Matter Press and its Journal of Compressed Creative Arts.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center