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.
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)
- ‘Flash Fiction: What’s It All About?’
- ‘Flash Fiction: What Not to Do’
- ‘Stories in Your Pocket: How to Write Flash Fiction’
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
International Flash Fiction Association
|Directors||Dr Peter Blair Dr Ashley Chantler|