FlashFiction-W (my free online workshop) has been going strong since 1998. In addition to the usual submitting and critiquing we all do for each other, we also analyze published stories (working to identify effective writing strategies and/ or techniques). Here are just a few of the fine stories we've looked at as a group.
Colette's "The Other Wife"
Lydia Davis' "Therapists" at:
Yasunari Kawabata's "Love Suicides"
Yasunari Kawabata's "The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket" http://email@example.com/6
Heinrich Boll's "The Laugher"
Lon Otto's "Love Poems"
Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl"
Donald Barthelme's "The School"
Dino Buzzati's "The Falling Girl" .
I Am The Period At The End Of This Paragraph by Ben Greenman http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/monologues/7period.html
Italo Calvino "The Man Who Shouted Teresa"
Octavio Paz's "The Blue Bouquet" http://lisabloomfield.net/occ/193/weekly_html/bluebouquet.pdf
All of the stories are outstanding and it's amazing how much more can be noticed when several writers put their eyes together to take a look.
If you're a serious writer of flash fiction, do join us at FlashFiction-W. To join, send a blank subject header message to [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] and in the message section write only this: subscribe FlashFiction-W email@example.com (your email address). When there's an opening in the active online workshop you'll then get a copy of our workship guidelines. (All writers must be at least 18 years old.)
Til next blog.