Remember the flashcube? You’d plug one into your Instamatic and be good for four shots. 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
Daniel Mueller is the author of two collection of stories, How Animals Mate (Overlook Press, 1999) and Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey (Outpost 19, 2013). His stories have appeared in Joyland, Joyland Retro, The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, The Cincinnati Review, Gargoyle, Prairie Schooner, Surreal South, CutBank, Another Chicago Magazine, Story Quarterly, Story, The Mississippi Review, The Crescent Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Henfield Foundation, and Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He directs the creative writing program at University of New Mexico and teaches at the Low-Residency MFA Program at Queens University of Charlotte.