THIRD STORY ASSIGNMENT!

Your third story will fall into the category of “short-short story” or flash fiction. Your word limit will be 1000 words...not one word longer!

Flash fiction is a short story that contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike the case with a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline. This principle, taken to the extreme, is illustrated by Ernest Hemingway's six-word flash, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Google the term for online stories as you research how some writers handle the limitations, but start with these:

Vestal Review (You’ll find a number of interesting stories there):
http://www.vestalreview.net/

Short Story Library http://shortstory.us.com/
Be sure to see the Virginia Woolf story there: http://shortstory.us.com/2008/10/a-haunted-house-by-virginia-woolf/

REMEMBER, because this story is short, you must work even harder to pack a lot into it. Draft after revised draft after revised draft is in order here. Make every polished word count!


NOTE.....Homework for NEXT CLASS: Print out, analyze, and be ready to present your finding of "what works" in a flash-fiction story you find online. Think about character, setting, diction (word choice), tone, irony, etc.

NOTE 2!! Write down the url of the story you find. I want to be able to bring it up on the board during class. FOR CLASS DISCUSSION, ONLY APPROPRIATE STORIES !!!