by Stephen ParrishStyron’s writing is muscular, confident; he writes with the poise and pluck of a man who knows he can use any damn word he likes.
by Vivian WagnerMarcia Aldrich’s Companion to an Untold Story is the story of her friend Joel’s suicide, told in bits and pieces in the form of an abecadarium.
by Con ChapmanPhotosynthesis is an important process. I mean it’s extremely important. It’s the source of food for almost all organisms on earth.
by Vivian WagnerWho doesn’t have five minutes? Even on my busiest days, I can find that kind of time. And what I’ve found is that those few minutes, taken every day, add up.
by Camille GriepMost of us spend our school days trying to figure out how to love books. Even those of us given Nancy Drew or the Babysitter’s Club or Sweet Valley High on the side still had to choke down The Scarlet Letter, Catcher in the Rye, Gatsby.
by Stephen ParrishAn artist sees hue and value, a choreographer watches how people move. A writer sees little stories in everyday situations.
By Vivian WagnerSo you’ve been working on flash prose pieces all summer, and now you’re wondering where to send them.
by Con ChapmanSunday night in Boston. The city’s winding down at the end of the weekend, or at least some of us—like me—are.
by Vivian WagnerJust Breathe Normally doesn’t use flash pieces because they’re trendy. It uses them because that’s the only way to tell this story.
by Con ChapmanIt’s August, time for me to check on the kids to see how they’re doing with their summer reading lists. Things haven’t changed much in our little town since I was a boy.
by Vivian WagnerI’ve been thinking lately about how we’re becoming more fragmented as readers and writers, and about how that might not be such a bad thing.
“I’m turning in my card.” Francie pushed the wrinkled dog-eared card covered with stamped dates across the desk. The librarian picked it up and was about to tear it into two, when Francie took it back from her. “I guess I’ll keep it after all,” she said.
Dick Cavett asked, "What was overrated about Lillian Hellman?" Mary McCarthy—never one to mince words—replied, “Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.’”
by Vivian WagnerIt’s pretty much the shortest possible flash nonfiction, and I’ve learned that it requires some skill and practice.