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Flash Fiction: Alive in the Flicker

A Portable Workshop

Pamelyn Casto 

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Publisher: ‎ OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L)/Buttonhook Press (September 28, 2022)

Language: ‎ English

Paperback: ‎ 222 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 1737774240

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1737774242

Item Weight: ‎ 11.7 ounces

Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches





Flash Fiction: Alive in the Flicker

A Portable Workshop

Available now from Amazon.

This is a definitive work on the Flash Fiction form. From the author/compiler Pamelyn Casto:

For a careful and close study, I offer this portable workshop. This workshop in book form should be of use to beginners and to experienced writers alike. You can take it anywhere, read it anyplace, and you can work with it anytime. You will have access to most of the example stories mentioned through online links, and when you do the work, you will make all sorts of discoveries and will end up with several new stories and with many new ideas for your writing. This book can help you create stories you can’t yet even imagine creating.

Pamelyn Casto, twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, has published feature-length articles on flash fiction in Writer’s Digest (and in their other publications), Fiction Southeast, and Writing World (and elsewhere). Her essay on flash fiction and myth appears in Rose Metal Press’s Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field and her 8,000-word essay on flash fiction is included in Books and Beyond: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading (4 volumes). She also has a 5,000-word article on flash fiction as the lead article in the new book Critical Insights: Flash Fiction. Subscribe to her free online monthly FlashFictionFlash newsletter (first issue published in 2001) for markets, contests, and publishing news for flash literature writers. Casto is an Associate Editor at OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L).

“Pamelyn Casto’s Flash Fiction in the Flicker is insightful, comprehensive, and brimming with inventive prompts and exercises to make your flash truly leap off the page.”

~ Dinty W. Moore
Co-editor of the Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction

“Pamelyn Casto has been the most useful person in flash for years. This “portable workshop” proves it. Flash in the Flicker is an amazing flash compendium of everything for anyone who is interested the form. It’s also a writers’ workshop from prompts to where to send flashes. What’s not to like?”

~ Robert Shapard
Co-editor of many Flash and Sudden Fiction anthologies, the latest are Sudden Fiction Latina: Short Stories from the United States and Latin America (2010) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World (2015)

“Pamelyn Casto’s Flash in the Flickering is an astonishing illumination—a total history of the form with essays, strategies and exercises; lessons, examples, how-to’s, markets, marketing, contests, anthologies, prompts, advice from pros, new directions (flash film!), reader psychology even—it is all here, with hundreds of internet links. There will never be a fuller single resource, with a good teacher’s encouraging tone about it, to boot. You can say flash fiction begins with Aesop; with Casto you can begin anew.  

~Kent H. Dixon
Translator of The Epic of Gilgamesh (2018)and Co-editor of Stone Wall Book of Short Fictions (1976)

“Pamelyn Casto is a deep font of flash knowledge, and this portable workshop is a thorough, indispensable resource for writers and instructors who want to know more about what this thing called “flash” is, how to write it, and more important, how to read and understand it.”

~Tara Lynn Masih
Editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (2009) and Founder of The Best Small Fictions (founded 2015)

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