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With its unprecedented gathering of 25 brief essays by experts in the field, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction meets the growing need for a concise yet creative exploration of the re-emerging genre popularly known as flash fiction. The book's introduction provides, for the first time, a comprehensive history of the short short story, from its early roots and hitherto unknown early publications and appearances, to its current state and practice. This guide is a must for anyone in the field of short fiction who teaches, writes, and is interested in its genesis and practice.

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"Each essay is a gem, encrusted with outstanding prompts and valuable exercises. Anyone who hopes to write (or teach) the very short fiction form needs to read this book." Dinty W. Moore, editor of The MAMMOTH Book of Miniscule Fiction

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"An exhaustive, thoughtful, idea-producing guide to one of the lesser-known forms of literary expression.... It should prompt the neophyte and the veteran writer to get busy and try one of these difficult stories." Anne Bernays, co-author of What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

Synopsis:

Literary Nonfiction. Literary Criticism and History. Reference. With its unprecedented gathering of 25 brief essays by experts in the field, THE ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH FICTION meets the growing need for a concise yet creative exploration of the re-emerging genre popularly known as flash fiction. The book's introduction provides, for the first time, a comprehensive history of the short short story, from its early roots and hitherto unknown early publications and appearances, to its current state and practice. This guide is a must for anyone in the field of short fiction who teaches, writes, and is interested in its genesis and practice.

About the Author

Tara L. Masih has won awards, and two flash fiction chapbooks (Fragile Skins and Tall Grasses) were published by The Feral Press in 2006. She was a regular contributor to the Indian-American and Masala magazines, in which her essays on the topic of race and culture were often featured.

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Tara McDaniel, January 25, 2010 (view all comments by Tara McDaniel)
I found this book to be one of the finest resources of writing fiction in any genre I’ve ever worked through. I’d been curious about flash fiction for some time, having read several anthologies and individual chapbooks of flash, but always got a little stuck when I tried my hand at the form. The Field Guide offers a comprehensive yet entertaining historic overview of flash written by its editor, Tara L. Masih, a yummy (and extensive) reading and further resources list, and 25 wholly unique essays. I love how many different perspectives are in this book as well as all the little tidbits of helpful advice given in the essays. I was inspired by the exercises enough to actually do them, even though I’ve not had much success with the form before. I came away feeling like I could work with the form now that I’d grasped the central elements of flash. The book is like a smorgasbord of ideas and I’ve got a notebook of drafts to play with now. I also learned a little something about how to write better fictions in general—a nice added benefit, I think, of working through this resource.
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ISBN:
9780978984861
Author:
Masih, Tara L.
Publisher:
Rose Metal Press
Author:
Editor, Tara Masih
Author:
Masih, Editor, Tara
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
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Publication Date:
20090513
Binding:
Paperback
Pages:
208

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Product details 208 pages Rose Metal Press - English 9780978984861 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Each essay is a gem, encrusted with outstanding prompts and valuable exercises. Anyone who hopes to write (or teach) the very short fiction form needs to read this book."
"Review" by , "An exhaustive, thoughtful, idea-producing guide to one of the lesser-known forms of literary expression.... It should prompt the neophyte and the veteran writer to get busy and try one of these difficult stories."
"Synopsis" by , Literary Nonfiction. Literary Criticism and History. Reference. With its unprecedented gathering of 25 brief essays by experts in the field, THE ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH FICTION meets the growing need for a concise yet creative exploration of the re-emerging genre popularly known as flash fiction. The book's introduction provides, for the first time, a comprehensive history of the short short story, from its early roots and hitherto unknown early publications and appearances, to its current state and practice. This guide is a must for anyone in the field of short fiction who teaches, writes, and is interested in its genesis and practice.
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