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Flash fiction is a great way to get students writing and reading contemporary literature. The brevity and inventiveness of the flash form helps students to recognize and emulate writing for clarity, precision and originality.


This 57-page unit has plenty of space for writing, and is full of engaging examples of great flash fiction. It has eight sections and a current bibliography of reliable sites which promote the flash fiction form for further reading. The unit was tested successfully with a mixed-ability Year 10 (ages 15-16) class.


  • What is Flash Fiction 4

  • The essence of story 5

  • Descriptive or simple flashes 11

  • Chatty flashes 16

  • Epistolary flashes 26

  • Genre flashes 33

  • Non-fiction flashes 40

  • Experimental flashes 48

  • Novels in Flash 54

  • Read more flashes 57

Unit of Work: Writing Flash Fiction

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