Special Event

Join Us!

George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones

Author Brian Jay Jones to present “George Lucas: A Life”

  • When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Where: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, Gilchrist Hall Auditorium
  • What:

    Join us for an in-depth discussion and multi-media presentation of the life and work of George Lucas.

Click Here For More Details
Book Festival
May 20, 2017 10am - 6pm
City Hall
Book Festival
May 20, 2017 10am - 6pm
City Hall

GBF Hands-on Workshops: Short-Short Stories

Posted By: Robin Materese

March 27, 2012

by Heidi Bishop and Rae Bryant


You’ve heard of short stories, but have you ever heard of the Short-Short story format?


Short-Short refers to stories of fewer than 1,000 words, which are gaining popularity among both web and print editors. Individual editors may have their own particular descriptions but we asked Rae Bryant, who teaches multimedia and creative writing at The Johns Hopkins University, to talk about why she loves this format so much. Here are her three favorite reasons to write in a short-short format.


  • They offer an acute sense of story — narrative arcs, characterizations, settings, etc. — that can be read quickly and more easily within a single sitting and for deeper meaning. For this reason, the short-short is sometimes compared to a poem, and in fact, the short-short may even use poetic vehicles or fuller prose/poetic fusions.
  • The short-short, due to length, makes reading online an easier task. Many online editors like this. Therefore, short-shorts are finding an increasing and sometimes favored place in online journals. They are also increasingly popular with print journal editors as the short-short can provide added texture and pace change within the layout of anthologies and collections.
  • Short-shorts offer an accelerated exploration of narrative arc and voice. A writer can write, revise, revise… with a quicker cyclical practice, though, it should be stated that a well-crafted and finished short-short can take as long to write, revise, and finish as a poem or full short story.


To learn more about the Short-Short format or to sign up for this workshop, look for the “Short-Short Fiction in Text and Multimedia Forms” workshop on the Gaithersburg Book Festival workshop page.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sponsors & Partners!

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is one of the nation's premier literary events, featuring talks and signings by some of the world's top authors, writing workshops, children's activities and performances, literary exhibitors, book sales, music, food, and fun for everyone!
Starts: 05/21/2016 10:00
Duration: 6 hours:
Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD
XXOpen Experience Changer

Show me this website in: [More Info]

Mobile View Desktop View

This site is based on a "responsive design," which means that it can automatically reformat to your screen size.

You're seeing this message because you are viewing the site on a desktop or notebook screen and, at some point, you changed the size of your browser window. At this browser size, to better fit your screen, you might prefer the site to reformat to "mobile view."

We recognize, however, that some people may prefer the site to stay "as is" (i.e., not to respond) and remain in "desktop view."

So, we've put in this tool that allows you to choose whichever view you'd prefer. By all means, try them both out!