Teen & Tween Flash Fiction Workshop

In stories that are under 1,000 words, writers explore a moment of time with compression and immediacy. In this class we'll learn the essentials of flash fiction, specifically taking note of how to use essential details to expand a character and event. We'll then couple this knowledge with our imaginations to create fantastic flash pieces of our own.   

In the process we’ll generate ideas, write in response to prompts, and apply a variety of writing techniques to our work. 

The last two classes will be spent reading and responding to the work of our classmates in an encouraging, supportive fashion. Finally, each class member will also submit their piece to a literary magazine that publishes writing by teens and tweens.

When writing briefly, we discover what is at stake in a piece in half the time, but with all of the emotion of a longer story. It's a fascinating form, and perfect for writers (and readers) with limited time but thrilling imaginations.


Who is the Instructor? Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the novel, Glory Days ( University of Nebraska Press), which was named one of "The Best Fiction of 2017" by ​Chicago Review of Books. 

Melissa is also the author of the short story collection, The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of journals including Puerto del Sol, Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester and Shenandoah. She has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

In addition to her publications, she has taught creative writing at Bowling Green State University, Southern Utah University, Penn State-Altoona, and at the Indiana Writers’ Center. Melissa is the founder of Lafayette Writers’ Studio. 

She lives with her husband and two daughters in West Lafayette, and is a native Chicagoan. Despite horrible bouts of insecurity, through praise and plenty of rejections, Melissa has continued to write and looks forward to the opportunity to help you do the same. To learn more about Melissa or read some of her work, visit melissafraterrigo.com

Who should take this class? Open to writers ages 10 and older. It is capped at 10 students so that each writer receives individual attention on his/her writing. 

When is this class offered? This class is offered for five sessions on Thursdays beginning November 8, 15, 29 and Dec 6 &13  from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at MatchBOX Coworking Studio in downtown Lafayette. 


What is the cost? $145 /$137.75 discount of 5% for previous students, which will be given in the form of a gift certificate to Second Flight Books in Lafayette.