The Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction

* Publishers Weekly Starred Review *

  • A 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year
  • A Pen Central recommended book for fiction writers, 2016
  • #3 on Small Press Distributions' 2010 bestseller list, and a 2011 Staff Pick
  • A New & Noteworthy Book, May 2009
  • Recommended nonfiction book, Poets & Writers' Summer 2009 reading list
  • An Top-100 literary reference book
  • A Fiction Writers Review Favorite Anthology for 2009

FEATURING ESSAYS FROM: Steve Almond • Rusty Barnes • Randall Brown • Mark Budman • Stace Budzko • Robert Olen Butler • Ron Carlson • Pamelyn Casto • Kim Chinquee • Stuart Dybek • Pia Z. Ehrhardt • Sherrie Flick • Vanessa Gebbie • Tom Hazuka • Nathan Leslie • Michael Martone • Julio Ortega • Pamela Painter • Jayne Anne Phillips • Jennifer Pieroni • Shouhua Qi • Bruce Holland Rogers • Robert Shapard • Deb Olin Unferth • Lex Williford

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With its unprecedented gathering of 25 brief essays by experts in the field, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction meets the growing need for a concise yet creative exploration of the reemerging genre popularly known as flash fiction. As they share their personal beliefs as to what exactly this hybrid genre consists of, and what it is defined by, the essayists also provide insight into their writing habits, philosophies, inspirations, and teaching methods, along with tips for editing and improving flash stories. Original and well-tested exercises or prompts accompany each piece, followed by a story example for further study. As an added feature, the book's introduction provides, for the first time, a comprehensive history of the short short story, from its early roots and appearances to its current state. This guide is a must for anyone in the field of short fiction who teaches, writes, and is interested in the genre's genesis and practice.

Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction

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