Flash Fiction: Panning for Gold | Newberry

Flash Fiction: Panning for Gold

Led by Molia Dumbleton. 5 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesdays, May 22 - June 19

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Flash fiction is an explosive genre of very (and sometimes very, VERY) short stories. In this course, we will mine our minds, our histories, our surroundings, and the Newberry Library’s rich archives for material fit for fiction. Come with an open mind, an empty page, and any level of expertise—from published author to absolute beginner—and leave with a rich supply of stories in the making. Five sessions.

Molia Dumbleton is a writer whose fiction and poetry have been published in New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Stinging Fly, and others. She was awarded the Sean O’Faolain Story Prize and was recognized as a finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Award.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter material provided by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the handouts which will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.