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Craft: Backstory Without the Whole Story

Backstory can be a tricky subject when writing short stories, especially in the realm of fantasy. (continue reading)

Flash Craft: A Critical Reading of Denis Johnson's "Car Crash While Hitchhiking"

I intend to examine the relationship between dialogue and subtext, providing specific examples from “Car Crash While Hitchhiking,” as well as broadening the discussion to include techniques writers can use to improve this relationship between dialogue and subtext in their own stories. (continue reading)

Flash Reprint: Jon Sindell's "Dhoti"

Flash fiction reprint from Jon Sindell: “Dad’s eightieth birthday was a costume party. I was Maria Von Trap…” (continue reading)

Flash Reprint: Anne Weisgerber's "Upfurler"

Flash Fiction Reprint from Anne Weisgerber: “Nobody understood this could be a thing, until they saw jumpers at a certain height, five hundred eleven feet, tumble upward.” (continue reading)

Flash Reprint: Jeanne Althouse's "Uncle Seth"

Flash Fiction Reprint from Jeanne Althouse: “‘Uncle Seth’ was inspired by an old family letter.” (continue reading)

Flash Reprint: Douglas W. Milliken's "Skidder & Draw"

Flash Fiction Reprint from Douglas W. Milliken: “That makes it non-fiction, right?:” (continue reading)

Flash Reprint: Hillary Leftwich's "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"

Flash Fiction Reprint from Hillary Leftwich’s “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”“ (continue reading)

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