- Usually in narrative prose, part of oral storytelling. Small cast of characters, to evoke a single effect or mood. Use of plot, resonance....
- exposition - setting, situation, main characters
- complication - event that introduces conflict
- rising action -
- crisis -- point where conflict is at the highest
- resolution -- conflict is resolved
- focus -- often on one incident
- single plot
- single setting
- short period of time
Friday, May 22, 2015
Writing Workshop: Forms of Short Stories
Forms of Fiction -- Short Stories (In Progress)
Flash Fiction (Microfiction) -- 1,000 words or less.
Anecdote -- like a parable, a brief realistic narrative that makes a point.
Parable -- a brief realistic narrative that makes a point.
Fable -- succinct tales with an explicit moral like Aesop Fables.
Fairy Tales --
Tale -- short form of storytelling to portray a moral or lesson, may highlight a cultural or religious perspective. Narration, summary and coincidence may play major roles in story. Similar to oral tradition.
Vignette -- short, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give particular insight into a character, idea, or setting.
A vignette describes a short composition that can nevertheless display a high degree of compositional skill. Vignettes appear both as stand-alone pieces, similar to flash fiction, and as components of longer stories or plays. Brevity is the key to an effective vignette, though many writers find it valuable to establish a wider context for their works.
eShort -- 12-150 pages usually part of a series, perspective may be of a known story but from other characters pov
Short Story -- 1,000 - 20,000, 1,000 - 7,5000
see Alice Munro stories
Short Fiction -- 3,000 - 15,000 words
Novellas/Novelettes -- longer short stories