5. Jayne Anne Phillips - Workshop: “Flash Fiction: Fluidity, Power & Compression (or how composing one page fictions can teach us [you] to write)”

One Page fictions, or Flash Fictions as they are sometimes called, can be startling or subtle, and unforgettable as literature. Short short fictions can also be amazing self-instruction for writers. The One Page Fiction requires rhythmic awareness of every phrase, compression, and perfect word choice. The last lines must end the piece so that it is complete in itself. A successful One Page fiction is not merely an interesting fragment of prose. It builds, often in a spiral construction, and reverberates beyond the page. Workshop participants (limited to 12) will be sent a portfolio of varied One Page fictions, along with an essay by Jayne Anne Phillips on the pleasures of One Page Fictions. This "instructional portfolio" will be emailed to accepted workshop participants. Each writer will be asked to write 3 fictions in the form, and to bring the most successful to the workshop to share (in multiple copies) with the group.

jayne anne phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips. In 1976, Truck Press published her first short story collection Sweethearts, for which she earned a Pushcart Prize and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines Fels Award. She has since published several short story collections, Counting (1978), How Mickey Made It (1981), The Secret Country (1982), Black Tickets (1979), and Fast Lanes (1984). Her novels include Machine Dreams (1984), Shelter (1994), MotherKind (2000), Lark & Termite (2008), Quiet Dell (2013). Her works have been translated and published in twelve foreign languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Bunting Fellowship from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College.