Remember the flash bulb? You'd plug one into your Instamatic and be good for four shots. And if your picture was taken, orange spots might pulsate before your vision like miniature supernovas for many excruciating seconds afterwards if you didn't, as countless photographs from the Sixties and Seventies attest that I did, shut your eyes at the exact nanosecond the camera's shutter opened and closed. Luckily, those days are mostly behind us now, though what isn't is our culture's preoccupation with visual images. In this weekend workshop, we'll look to images and image-making as a source of inspiration for, as well as a means of crafting, short-short stories and prose poems. We'll examine how images figure centrally in much of the flash fiction published today and challenge ourselves to write flash fiction that, although it may take neither a long time to write nor to read, nonetheless leaves a lasting visual impression.
Dan Mueller - photo credit The Albuquerque Journal
Dan Mueller’s collection of stories, How Animals Mate (Overlook Press), won the Sewanee Fiction Prize. His work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, Gargoyle, CutBank, Surreal South, The Cincinnati Review, Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, Another Chicago Magazine, The Mississippi Review, Story, The Crescent Review, Playboy and other literary magazines and anthologies. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Henfield Foundation, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and University of Virginia. He teaches of the creative writing faculties of the Low-Residency MFA Program at Queens University of Charlotte and the University of New Mexico, where he currently serves as Director of Writing.