Short-Form Creative Writing: A Writer's Guide and Anthology is a complete introduction to the art and craft of extremely compressed works of imaginative literature. H. K. Hummel and Stephanie Lenox introduce both traditional and innovative approaches to the short form and demonstrate how it possesses structure, logic, and coherence while simultaneously resisting expectations. With discussion questions, writing prompts, flash interviews, and illustrated key concepts, the book covers:
- Prose poetry
- Flash fiction
- Micro memoir
- Lyric essay
- Cross-genre/hybrid writing
. . . and much more.
Short-Form Creative Writing also includes an anthology, offering inspiring examples of short-form writing in all of the styles covered by the book, including work by Charles Baudelaire, Italo Calvino, Lydia Davis, Grant Faulkner, Ilya Kaminsky, Jamaica Kinkaid, and many others.
H. K. Hummel is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA. She is the author of the poetry collections, Lessons in Breathing Underwater, Boytreebird, and Handmade Boats.
Stephanie Lenox is an instructional editor for Chemeketa Press at Chemeketa Community College, USA. She is the author of the poetry collections, The Business, Congress of Strange People, and The Heart That Lies Outside the Body.
1. A Long History of the Short Form
2. Picture This
3. Voice, Character, and Narrator
4. Moving Through Time and Space
5. The Microcosmic Sentence
6. How to Leap: Ah-ha Moments and Associative Logic
7. Translucent Design
8. Beg, Borrow, and Steal
9. Finding the Funny
10. Misfit Pleasures
11. Not So Fast! Strategic Revision
Conclusion: The Beautiful Lightning