Friday, February 10, 1:30-2:45
F202. From Flash Fiction to Microfiction: How Many Words Are Enough?. (Pamela Painter, James Thomas, Nancy Stohlman, Grant Faulkner, Sherrie Flick) The introduction to Flash Fiction asks: How short can a story be and still be a short story? The answer was 750 words, but recently we have seen microfiction of 300 and 200 words, and the emergence of the 100-word story. How can such compression address character development, narrative arc, and tension? Does prose poetry show us indirectly how to accommodate narrative size? These panelists discuss the limitations and rewards of writing short with urgency and artistic integrity.
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