Flash fiction is part narrative and part poetry. Most flash fiction is under 1,000 words, but do not focus on word count. Do focus on beginning at a point of high conflict—usually an image–and not letting go until the image takes you where it wants you to go and says what it wants you to say. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss a few successful flash fiction stories and then work with prompts to create stories that play against expectations and force us (much as poetry does) to pay close attention to every word, sentence, and gesture.


About Billie Travalini

Billie Travalini

Billie Travalini

Billie Travalini, a native of Delaware, is a recipient of a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts, Her most recent work was published in Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts; Influence and Confluence: East and West; A Global Anthology on the Short Story in English; Another Chicago Magazine, and Selected Stories from the 2016 International Conference of the Short Story in English (English-Chinese). The Delaware Division of the Arts awarded Billie professional fellowships in nonfiction (2015), fiction (2007), and poetry (2004).

She has read her work worldwide, most recently at East China University, the University of Vienna, York University, and The University of Cork.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Delaware and a fellowship graduate of Temple University.

Her memoir, Blood Sisters, was a finalist for the Bakeless Publication Prize and the James Jones Award, and won the Lewes Clark Discovery Prize.

A longtime advocate for at-risk kids and the mentally ill, Billie co-founded and coordinates the Lewes Creative Writers Conference, now in its 12th year, teaches creative writing at Wilmington University, and is busy at work on Rules to Survive Childhood, a sequel to Blood Sisters and Rush Limbaugh and the French Apple Pie and Other Stories.

Billie was recently featured in an article in Wilmington University’s magazine: Her Voice is a Choice.


Written by Tery Griffin