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Desiree Cooper, Very Short Fiction


Desiree Cooper is a former attorney and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press, 2016), is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book that has won numerous awards for short story and cover design, including a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper is a contributor to the seminal essay collection, Detroit 1967, reflecting upon the 50th anniversary of the rebellion in Detroit. Detroit 1967 is a winner of the Historical Society of Michigan’s 2017 State History Award. Cooper’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010 and This is the Place, among other online and print publications. A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio Fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers.

Workshop: Flash Fiction: Writing close to the bone

Participants will learn to how to keep a story close to the narrative arc, moving quickly from conflict to resolution, implication or satisfaction. In the process of building instant narratives, they will experiment with editing longer narratives or expanding shorter ones to see which approach meshes best with their creative process. This will be a generative workshop; participants are not required to bring anything but their determination to write short!