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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
“Flash fiction has to bring a whole story into a moment,” creative writing instructor and author Kathryn Trueblood says.
This statement was solidified for her last week, when we culled approximately 20 selections from the more than 100 wildly creative submissions of 101 words that came in from throughout Whatcom County and beyond for our revived “Fiction 101” contest, and sent them to Trueblood to peruse. She spent a few days mulling them over, and returned her top six choices—with a few notes.
“In film, the wide shot tells the story by expanse while the closeup uses amplitude to tell the story,” Trueblood says. “It stays with the moment until something is revealed. For micro fiction to work, it has to have snap. Because of the economy of the form, something has to cinch up and cinch up hard. There’s no time for traditional characterization, so that has to be achieved by brushstroke, deftly and implicitly, or the voice has to carry it. Because of its brevity, the short short also has to achieve poetry. It has a distilled quality as if boiled down from a big vat of life. My favorites are the ones that feel like a novel in a thimble.”
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Books that suit you
It can be challenging to find your next great read, but the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) has stacked the deck in your favor. To celebrate our 75th anniversary and our love of sharing stories, we’ve created a full deck of reading recommendations, one for each week of 2019.
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