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Desiree Cooper, Flash Fiction

Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, former attorney and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, has won numerous awards, including a 2017 Michigan Notable Book, and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper’s flash fiction has appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction, Electric Literature, COG Magazine, and in the forthcoming Choice Words: Writers on Abortion. Her essay, “We Have Lost Too Many Wigs,” was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2019.  In 2018, she wrote, produced and co-directed “The Choice,” a short film about reproductive rights based upon her flash fiction story, “First Response.” The film has won several awards, including a 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Berlin Flash Film Festival, and Award of Merit, 2019 Best Shorts Competition, California.

 

Workshop

Short and Sweet - A Flash Fiction Intensive

Many writers shudder at the notion of limiting their stories to 1,000 words or less. But brevity in storytelling can be both powerful and profound. If you’re interested in writing flash, roll up your sleeves and join this workshop. You’ll leave with specific tools for compression and for whittling a story to its perfect essence. Expect to generate at least three new works of flash. Note: Prior to the workshop, you will be required to submit a work of fiction that is between 5 – 10 pages long, preferably a short story. More details to come!