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The Flash Form: Cross-Genre Writing and publishing​

course dates: july 6 to july 19, 2021


Explore cross-genre flash form, including creative non-fiction, memoir, fiction and poetry. Write prolifically and learn how to publish!

  • Compose original flash fiction, poetry and memoir pieces​ suitable for publication.
  • Learn from a variety of award-winning masters of the flash form from all over the nation.
  • Navigate and experiment with a variety of writing genres through the exploration of flash forms.
  • Collaborate with multimedia artists in order to explore your work through other mediums.
  • Write and publish immediately!



Undergraduate: ENGL 422, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: ENGL 622, 3 units




Anyone with the willingness to learn, engage and share work with peers in a classroom environment is welcome. Some writing workshop experience is preferred.


  1. Prepare a creative writing sample of no more than three prose poems, stories or creative non-fiction up to five pages double spaced.
  2. Submit/upload the mat erials listed in step one when you apply online by June 7​, 2021.


Professor Venita Blackburn
(559) 278-9236

Guest Artists

Steven Church

Steven Church is the author of “The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record,” “Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents,” “The Day After the Day After: My Atomic Angst” and others. His essays have been published and anthologized widely. He is a founding editor and nonfiction editor for the nationally recognized literary magazine The Normal School and coordinates the residential MFA program at California State University, Fresno and teaches for the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

Sherrie Flick

Sherrie Flick is the author of the novel “Reconsidering Happiness” and two short story collections, “Whiskey, Etc.” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars.” Her work has appeared in New Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction Forward, Ploughshares, Booth and SmokeLong Quarterly. Flick served as series editor for The Best Small Fictions 2018 and is co-editor of the forthcoming Norton anthology Flash Fiction America.

Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito, MA, MFA, is the author of two books of poetry, “Power Made Us Swoon" and “The Palace of Contemplating Departure," winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, the poetry chapbook, “Bright Power, Dark Peace." Brynn is an assistant professor of creative w​riting in the English department at California State University, Fresno.

Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection “The World Doesn't Require You” (Norton/Liveright, August 2019). His debut story collection, “Insurrections” (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review and The Rumpus, among others.

Justin Torres​

Justin Torres has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Tin House and other publications. His novel “We the Animals” has been translated into 15 languages and was recently adapted into a film. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards.​

Anthony Varallo

Anthony Varallo is the author of a novel “The Lines," as well as four short story collections: “Everyone Was There," winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Award; “This Day in History," winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award; “Out Loud," winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; and “Think of Me and I'll Know." Currently, he is a professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he is also the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.

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The Flash Form: Cross-Genre Writing​

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