S178. Crash Course in Flash: Theories on Brevity

A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


How do we teach flash? How do we conceptualize the big bang theories that explain the miniature universes of short-form writing? Flash writers and teachers explore the outer limits of compressed forms like flash fiction, flash nonfiction, prose poetry, micro-screenplays, and fragments. Panelists talk about craft strategies for defying the boundaries of word count, how the history of short-form writing shapes contemporary approaches, and what the future might hold.


H.K. Hummel is the author of Lessons in Breathing Underwater, and Short-Form Creative Writing: A Writers Guide and Anthology. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Grant Faulkner is executive director of National Novel Writing Month and the cofounder of 100 Word Story magazine. His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times and Poets & Writers. His collection of one hundred 100-word stories is Fissures.

José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and author of seven chapbooks as well as the collections Everything We Think We Hear, Small Fires, and Until We Are Level Again. He runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence and teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Shivani Mehta's first book, a collection of prose poems entitled Useful Information for the Soon-to-be Beheaded, is out from Press 53. Her work has appeared in numerous journals. 


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center