The English Department at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is offering a summer institute for English language arts teachers on “The Power of Story.” The four-day institute provides 20 hours of professional development, covers a wide range of topics, and is taught by TCNJ faculty.
Day 4: Flash Fiction
Flash fiction is a short story that is, by most definitions, 1,000 words or less. Participants in this workshop will discuss flash fiction’s unique features and will investigate the strengths and challenges of writing and teaching flash in the middle and high school settings. Participants will read samples from several flash styles (list stories, mosaics, and myth riffs, for example), and discuss how students could use these forms to write their own short stories. Participants will write their own flash pieces and participate in a model writing workshop. In addition, there will be time to discuss techniques and exercises that encourage student writers to be brave and write with creative authenticity.
Madeline Anthes Day 4 Facilitator
Madeline Anthes received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) and her MA in English from Arcadia University. She teaches FYS and FYW for TCNJ and is the Assistant Editor of Lost Balloon, a journal that exclusively publishes flash. In 2020 she won the Barren Magazine Flash Fiction Award, had an Editor’s Choice pick in CRAFT Magazine’s flash fiction contest, and was a finalist for the SmokeLong Quarterly flash fiction award. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, and her flash has been longlisted for Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions. Her first collection of flash fiction, Now We Haunt This Home Together, was published in May 2020, and her most recent collection Beautiful, Violent Things was published in September 2021.
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Day 1: Narratives Ever After: Fairy Tales from the Renaissance to the Postmodern by Prof. Jo Carney
Day 2: Mí María: Disaster Narratives and the Language Arts Classroom by Prof. Lisa Ortiz
Day 3: Storytelling Beyond Plot: A Very Short Introduction to Narrative Theory by Prof. Felicia Jean Steele