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"Fine-Tune Craft While Writing Flash Fiction" with Nan Cuba

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

8/29/2015 From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


$99 for members (sign in for member pricing)

$159 for nonmembers

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Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, August 27. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check or money order for the walk-up rate - $109 for members and $169 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!


Is flash fiction—also called sudden fiction, micro fiction, short short stories, and quick fiction—a prose poem, parable, vignette? The definition is still being argued, except that it must be short, no longer than 2,000 words and as short as six words, like Hemingway’s famous story: “Baby shoes: for sale, never worn.” There is no formula, and there are several types, but one aspect is required: compression.

As a result, a writer finds herself forced to develop her craft by ...

  • fine-tuning language
  • choosing signifying details
  • writing dialogue with subtext
  • creating images that resonate

... and more!

Many online magazines are now publishing flash fiction, so this class is meant for those interested in writing the popular short form, but it’s also for those wanting to improve their writing overall.

About the instructor:

Nan Cuba’s novel Body and Bread (Engine Books), won the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award; it was listed as one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” in O, Oprah’s Magazine, and was a “Summer Books” choice from Huffington Post. Cuba co-edited Art at our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists (Trinity University Press), and published other work in Quarterly West, Columbia, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, and storySouth. She is the 2016 Dobie Paisano Fellow; founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary center; and teaches in the MA/MFA Program in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she is writer-in-residence.

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For more information, visit our Classes page.

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