Flash Fiction

Daily Prompt

WN #8: Catharsis: the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

It’s time to unleash any thoughts you have about the weekend or upcoming week.

Write for 7 minutes about anything you need to get off your chest.  The goal is to write the entire time.

Hi folks!  Now that you all have a personal blog, it’s time to start our weekly class format.  Here’s what it will look like:

Mondays: Daily Prompt (DP), mini lesson with activity, workshop, conferencing with Mrs. Keskes

Tuesdays: DP, mini lesson with activity, workshop, conferencing with Mrs. Keskes

Wednesdays: DP, SSR (silent sustained reading), Reading like a Writer Activity

Thursdays: DP, mini lesson with activity, workshop, conferencing with Mrs. Keskes

Fridays: Lab 300 (write and publish posts, read and comment on peers’ posts)


This week’s focus: flash fiction.  Why?  Because of their brevity, they require you to write perfectly and precisely.  They’re a great way to fine tune your skills!

Let’s start with six-word stories.   Here’s a classic example by Ernest Hemingway:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

In your notebooks, write down the “story” hidden inside this piece of flash fiction.

Let’s discuss.

Let’s look at a few more examples.

Now, write your own!



Trade notebooks.  Write your reactions to another person’s six-word story in his/her notebook.  What is the hidden story you see?

Now, for a chance to build our online writing community and have a little fun!  Post a six-word story on Twitter!  Use the hashtag #keskesflashfiction and I’ll retweet it.


We will be keeping a word wall in this class.  Add the words on the board in class to the inside of your notebook cover for quick reference.  We will be adding to it with each unit we study.

Take out your student progress tracker packets.  Add to it.  Make sure you bring it everyday or keep it here in the room.  You will need it for conference days.

Finally, let’s review upcoming deadlines on our class calendar.

Don’t forget to consider posting an original six-word story in the comments below!