Writing Flash Fiction
How to Write and Sell Flash Fiction
Flash fiction is one of the hottest forms in speculative fiction around, well suited to life on the go as it gives the reader a quick, satisfying burst of narrative that can delight, alarm, astonish -- and always entertain. Learn how to write fantasy and science fiction flash fiction as well as where and how to get it published with an author who's written and published dozens of flash pieces in a wide array of places.
Cat Rambo is engaging, personable, and supportive, providing insight, encouragement, and inspiration to students who want to pursue writing and publishing speculative fiction. She has been teaching classes and workshops for over three decades at levels ranging from 5th/6th graders through college, graduate level, and continuing at institutions including the Johns Hopkins University, Indiana University, Bellevue College, Clarion West, the PNWA conference, and more.
Her credentials include a MA in writing from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, where she studied with John Barth and the Clarion West Writers Workshop and the Clarion West workshop, where she studied with Octavia Butler, L. Timmel DuChamp, Andy Duncan, Gordon van Gelder, Michael Swanwick, and Connie Willis. She has been nominated for the Compton Crook Award for First Novel, as well as Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and is the former editor of Fantasy Magazine. Her own work includes over 200 short stories, several novels, a cookbook, a guidebook to Baltimore, and Creating an Online Presence for Writers. She is a two-term former President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Her upcoming works include Exiles of Tabat from Wordfire Press (2020) and You Sexy Thing (Tor MacMillan, 2021).
She founded the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers in 2009. Students have gone on to publish novels and amass award nominations and wins, including Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Eppie Awards. In the past decade, she’s assembled some of the most talented and inspiring writers and teachers working in the genre today, each speaking on their areas of expertise.
StartReasons to Write Flash: Sparking Creativity (1:40)
StartReasons to Write Flash: Story Bones (4:55)
StartReasons to Write Flash: Experiments & Innovations (4:50)
StartReasons to Write Flash: Finishing Something (1:50)
StartReasons to Write Flash: Writing Tight (3:20)
StartReasons to Write Flash: Entry Points (2:44)
StartReasons to Write Flash: Saleability (2:44)