Power-packed and pared-down, flash fiction and its kin – pocket, postcard, and palm-sized stories – can provide a refreshing option for today’s readers. This three-session course offers an international sampling of vivid “short shorts,” each under three pages, whose authors have swapped length for strength to build suspense, paint memorable portraits, and evoke powerful emotions. Discussion topics will include “Flash Back: How We Came Up Short,” and “Flash Freeze.” Readings will be provided via email.


Nancy Hesser, Ph.D.

Nancy Hesser, Ph.D., has taught literature in the US, DR Congo, and Mali. When she is not hanging out with her husband and canine companions in Dorchester County's salt marshes, she may be found teaching short story courses for various lifelong learning programs, focusing on such themes as American regionalism, the Roaring 20's, Caribbean voices, bar room stories, and flash fiction.

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