Flash Schools: Talks and Resources

Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine is an invaluable resource for schools and colleges. The editors are happy to give talks and workshops on flash fiction.


Talks and Workshops


Past talks have included: advice on drafting, editing, and proofing; tips on dos and don’ts; analysis of weak and strong flashes; other practical exercises that will help students develop their critical and creative-writing skills. The editors are open to suggestions.
 

Resources


On the Flash homepage, you can access two sample stories from each issue.

A number of universities, schools, and colleges subscribe to Flash. Some have added a complete set of back-issues (available at a reduced price) to their libraries. For details of how to order, please see Flash Orders: Subscriptions and IFFA Membership.

The Flash Fiction Special Collection, housed at the University of Chester’s Seaborne Library, offers a comprehensive range of primary and secondary texts. Teachers are welcome to use the Collection; contact the Flash editors to arrange access.

Recommended Primary Texts

Teachers and students may find the following texts particularly useful and enjoyable:

  • David Gaffney, Sawn-Off Tales (Cambridge: Salt, 2006). To read a Flash review, click here
  • David Gaffney, More Sawn-Off Tales (Cromer: Salt, 2013). To read a Flash review, click here
  • Tania Hershman, My Mother Was an Upright Piano: Fictions (Bristol: Tangent, 2012). To read a Flash review, click here
  • Christine Perkins-Hazuka, Tom Hazuka and Mark Budman (eds),Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories (New York: Persea, 2011). To read a Flash review, click here
  • Dan Rhodes, Anthropology and a Hundred Other Stories (London: Canongate, 2005)
  • David Swann, Stronger Faster Shorter (Chester: Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press, 2015). For further details, click here Multiple copies are available at a discount.
  • Tony Williams, All the Bananas I’ve Never Eaten: Tales of Love and Loneliness (Cromer: Salt, 2012)

For younger readers (aged 9+), and listeners, we recommend:

  • Louise Cooper, Short and Scary! A Book of Very Short Scary Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • Louise Cooper, Short and Spooky! A Book of Very Short Spooky Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • Kevin Crossley-Holland, Short! A Book of Very Short Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)
  • Kevin Crossley-Holland, Short Too! A Second Book of Very Short Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). To read a Flash review, click here
  • Maggie Pearson, Short and Shocking! A Book of Very Short Shocking Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • Maggie Pearson, Short: Christmas Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Recommended Secondary Texts

  • Peter Blair, ‘Flash Fiction’, in Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2016 (London: Bloomsbury, 2015)
  • Randall Brown, A Pocket Guide to Flash Fiction (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania: Matter Press, 2012)
  • Vanessa Gebbie (ed.), Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story (London: Salt, 2009; 2014)
  • Calum Kerr, The World in a Flash: How to Write Flash-Fiction (Southampton: Gumbo Press, 2014)
  • Tara L. Masih, (ed.), The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (Boston: Rose Metal Press, 2009)
  • Tony Williams, ‘Flash Fiction’, in The Handbook of Creative Writing, ed. Steve Earnshaw, second edition (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014)

Useful Webpages

 

The National Flash Fiction Youth Competition


Teachers of flash fiction and short stories at A-level will be interested in this competition.

For details, click here 

 

Contact Address

International Flash Fiction Association
Department of English
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ
UK

Email flash.magazine@chester.ac.uk
Directors Dr Peter Blair       Dr Ashley Chantler