R132. The Long from the Short: Turning Flash Pieces into a Novel, Novella, or Memoir

Room 206, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Intimidated by the daunting feel of a longer project? Or simply looking for a different way to craft a full-length project? Novels-in-flash and memoirs-in-flash are growing in popularity as a perfect marriage of the concision of stand-alone flash pieces and the narrative possibilities of full-length books. Authors and editors of the form offer tips on conceptualizing and crafting a longer work-in-flash, highlighting examples, as well as advice on publishing, marketing, and teaching the form.



Abigail Beckel is the publisher of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publishing house for books in hybrid genres that she cofounded in 2006. She is a published poet and prose writer, as well as coeditor of two anthologies of flash fiction and novellas-in-flash, including My Very End of the Universe.

Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of two books of fiction, Liliane's Balcony and For Sale by Owner, and a new book of literary nonfiction, The Bitter Life of Bozena Nemcova. She directs the creative writing program at Indiana University South Bend.

Lex Williford’s chapbook, Superman on the Roof, won the 2015 10th Annual Rose Metal Chapbook Contest. Coeditor with Michael Martone of the Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction, he chairs UTEP's bilingual MFA program.

Tyrese Coleman is the fiction editor for District Lit, an online journal of writing and art. A Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, her prose has appeared in numerous publications, including Wigleaf's Top 50 (very) short fictions. She is finalizing a hybrid flash collection which she hopes to publish in 2017.

Tara Laskowski is the author of the story collections Bystanders and Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons. Her fiction has been published in Flash Fiction International, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and others. She is editor of the flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly.


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