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Teen Storytellers Lab

Flash Fiction led by Sidik Fofana


8 Meetings

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Monday - Thursday 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT July 27 to August 6, 2020

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What is flash fiction? Can we really write an engaging story in less than five pages? If so, do we capture a small moment or do we go big with an explosion? Should it take place over the course of a day or can it span a lifetime? How is it that some writers are able to change the world in fewer than a thousand words? Let’s study this. Let’s look at examples of classic stories like “Salvador Late or Early” by Sandra Cisneros, “The School” by Donald Barthelme, and “The First Day” by Edward P. Jones. Let’s look at modern masterpieces from Flash Fiction International. Let’s break down music videos, TV commercials, pop songs, and other art forms that have managed to capture our imagination in five minutes. In this workshop, we produce our own flash fiction based on prompts and original ideas. The goal is five short pieces in ten days. Bring your notebook, your laptop, and your open mind. Let’s get to the bottom of this!

Reading Materials:
•  Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World (W. W. Norton & Company)
•  The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field (Rose Metal Press)

This course will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first meeting.


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    Sidik Fofana

    Sidik Fofana

    Sidik Fofana received an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and teaches public school in Brooklyn. He was a 2018 Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow. His work has appeared in the Sewanee Review. ‘The Young Entrepreneurs of Miss Bristol’s Front Porch’ is an excerpt from his debut novel, Stories from Our Tenants Downstairs, forthcoming from Scribner in the US and Hodder in the UK in 2021.