Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction


The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers
Edited by Dinty W. Moore
Rose Metal Press, 2012
ISBN 978-0-9846166-6-4
$15.95, 180 pages

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Writers of nonfiction will find this new craft guide, edited by Dinty W. Moore, a useful resource for approaching the personal essay. For flash nonfiction, and working with less than a thousand words, the challenge is to capture a whole world of a story in the most concise manner possible—while still providing the satisfaction readers expect.

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction includes 26 essays from writers like Carol Guess, Judith Kitchen, and Lee Martin. The “thingy-ness” that makes flash nonfiction work is explored by Anne Panning while voice in the short form is discussed by a variety of authors in differing perspectives.

Each contributor begins with a craft discussion, and then a prompt follows for you to try your hand at the technique. Sample flash pieces are also shared to give an idea of how the author has him/herself approached the topic at hand.

As a resource for the graduate writer, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction will push you beyond what you already know about structure and storytelling, and help you focus on the harder-to-define elements to take your writing to a new level.

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