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Writers Workshops


Course #2019-202
Wednesdays Starting June 5 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 8 weeks
Cost: $325 Instructor: Kaj Tanaka
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Made popular by writers like Stuart Dybek, Lydia Davis, and Amy Hempel, very short fiction or “flash fiction” is one of the newest and fastest growing literary genres. With many new writers leaving their mark on flash fiction every year, it’s an exciting time to get involved. Walking the line between fiction and poetry, writers of all genres will find themselves on equal footing since flash fiction has elements of both, but is neither.

Flash fiction can be poetic, fantastic, realistic, experimental, or anything in between. There’s only one rule: keep it short (1000 words or fewer). Learn how to create fully realized, complex stories in a single page or two that compress, skip, hint, tease, surprise, and amaze.

Writers of flash fiction frequently find their longer work refreshed and inspired by practicing this form. It is a playground for risk taking, wild ideas, and innovation. Write whatever you want, so long as you keep it short and memorable.

About the instructor

KAJ TANAKA is a PhD candidate in fiction at the UH Creative Writing Program and recipient of the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Fiction and an Inprint Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones/M. D. Anderson Foundation Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at the Harris County Jail in an Inprint program. His stories have appeared in Tin House and The New Ohio Review and have been collected in Best Small Fictions 2018 and Best Microfiction 2019.

By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration  policies. Remember to sign up for the waiting list if the workshop you would like to take is full. To see the full Summer 2019 workshop schedule click here.