Over the past three months, our newest staff members have been working their way through our new First Reader training program.
The goal of this program was simple: If we want our new readers to be able to help us select stories for publication, then we need to make sure they have the knowledge and confidence to pinpoint what it is that makes a piece of flash fiction work.
Since the beginning of January, we’ve studied story elements and tropes. We’ve discussed the importance of opening lines, examined genre conventions, and debated about the relationship between conflict and tension. We’ve also taken a close look at stereotypes and biases and how they can cause harm and offense in fiction.
Our Quarter 1 Trainees excelled at everything we threw at them, and now, upon the completion of this flash fiction crash course, we’re excited to welcome these amazing readers as full-fledged staff members. We look forward to continuing to work with these amazing readers!