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The Art of Omission: Writing the Ultra Short Story
In this one-time class, we'll break the traditional short-story mold as we explore the relatively new genre of ultra-short fiction (aka short shorts, flash fiction, miniatures, postcard fiction, and sudden fiction).
Kellye Crocker, MFA
56 total reviews for this teacher
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In this interactive class, students will read and discuss ultra-short stories—those less than 100 words—and then write a few of their own. The teacher will offer tips on "omitting needless words," as Strunk and White famously advised, finding a story's beating heart, and employing Hemingway's "iceberg theory"—telling readers only 10 percent of the story while hinting at the 90 percent that remains "below water" so readers can infer meaning.
This class will help students: 1. Understand the new and popular ultra-short-fiction genre. 2. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of telling stories this way. 3. Write their own ultra-short stories. 4. Practice cutting needless words. 5. Identify and shore up the "beating heart" of their stories. 6. Understand and employ Hemingway's "iceberg theory" to help readers infer meaning. 7. Engage their creativity and imaginations. 8. Experience courage and vulnerability if they choose to share their writing with the class. 9. Receive specific, positive, verbal feedback on their writing (if they share). 10. Understand how to be part of a supportive writing community by listening respectfully as classmates share writing and providing positive, specific, verbal feedback.
Experimenting with non-traditional story forms requires students to think critically and stretch their imagination. It's also fun! In addition, learning to cut needless words, find the beating heart of their story, and create inferred meaning are valuable skills that improve any kind of writing. As a professional writer for more than 30 years, I use these skills every day. As a member of the Young Writers Program faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado, USA, I've taught this class in person, and students have enjoyed it.
1 file available upon enrollment1. Writing supplies: Pens or pencils and paper. (A notebook is handy, but any paper will work.) You also can use a tablet or computer, but make sure you can continue participating in the class as you write. 2. Class handout (download below). We will discuss this handout together in class. Please bring a print out of it or have it available on your screen.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will tackle short writing assignments during class. They'll have the opportunity to share that writing with the class. Those who do will receive specific, positive verbal feedback from the teacher and classmates.
1 hour 20 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Kellye Crocker, MFAPro Writer Loves Teaching
56 total reviews
35 completed classes
Update, December 2020: I'm taking a break from teaching so I can devote my energy to my writing. I have loved teaching Creative Writing on Outschool and plan to return, although I don't know when. Please feel free to email me if you need to get in...