On Saturday I taught the workshop “Small Wonders” in Portland, where I had the privilege of sharing what I know about writing micro and flash fictions with 12 talented writers. They spent 4 hours with me, attentive and engaged the entire time. What a gift.
We spent the first part of the class reviewing micros and flashes from 100 to 1000 words that model successful strategies for (1) packing a lot of meaning and resonance into a very small space, and (2) creating a satisfying sense of completion.
Everyone should know about these small wonders! But the web is so vast, how will you ever find them yourself? You won’t, so I’ve linked each one below, for your easy reference. Enjoy!
“Mica,” by Rishee Batra, 100 Word Story
“Draft,” by Deb Olin Unferth, Wigleaf
“The Colonel,” by Carolyn Forche, Poetry Foundation
“When the Bough Breaks,” by Jayne Martin, Vestal Review
“A Notice from the Office of Reclamation,”* by J. Duncan Wiley, Pleiades
“Peripheral,” by Tessa Yang, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal**
“Millepora,” by Shannon Peavey, Flash Fiction Online
I offered “Small Wonders” through the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, so many thanks to them. And many thanks to the man behind the front desk at Glickman Library, whoever you are—I was too nervous when I arrived, then too happy-but-toasty when I left, to get your name—for being so kind and welcoming.
*Pleiades still has an online presence, but it has deleted the page that used to hold this story in its web archives. My link is to that page as captured by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. I first found this story in the anthology The Best Small Fictions 2015.
**Hermeneutic Chaos Journal is offline, and Duotrope has marked it as defunct. I have linked the published story as captured by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.