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ERIC Number: EJ1123225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
How Low Can You Go? Literary Limbo and the Flash Writing Course
Cocchiarale, Michael
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v27 n4 p31-41 2016
Flash writing--short narratives of less than 2000 words--is extremely popular these days. This essay describes a multi-genre course designed to introduce undergraduate students to a genre they will undoubtedly find appealing. Although the primary focus of the course is on creative writing, a great deal of emphasis is placed on literary analysis. Over the course of the semester, students produce pieces written in a variety of styles and forms and take an exam that tests their knowledge of the literature. This essay argues that students who study and produce such work are able to hone critical thinking skills in ways they never thought possible. The brief works are not only more appealing to readers and writers in the Internet age, but they also provide students with an unprecedented understanding of the value of every single word.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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