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How do you pack a story into 500 words or fewer? In this 3-hour class, you’ll explore the expansive possibilities of the very short story, otherwise known as flash fiction, and begin creating your own compact gem.

“Flash fiction can be genre-crossing and boundless,” says instructor K-Ming Chang, “combining elements of poetry and prose. Together we’ll read flash pieces by writers like Venita Blackburn, Marilyn Chin and Ariel Chu to learn how they break the typical conventions of fiction and build line-by-line energy in their work. We’ll generate new writing using prompts inspired by the readings, striving to shape tiny pieces that contain, break open, and create entire worlds.”

You’ll leave the class with the beginnings of several flash pieces and an invigorated approach to writing. This class welcomes those completely new to the form and those who are already practicing it.



Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about your class. If you have any questions about in-person learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



    K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award winner, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and an O. Henry Prize Winner. She is the author of the novel BESTIARY (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Otherwise Award. In 2021, her chapbook BONE HOUSE was published by Bull City Press. Her story collection GODS OF WANT (One World/Random House) won a Lambda Literary Award. Her latest novel is ORGAN MEATS (One World, 2023), and her next book is a novella titled CECILIA (Coffee House Press, 2024).

  1. Sunday, July 14, 10:00am-1:00pm


Sun, July 14
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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K-Ming Chang


San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

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