DAWN IUS is a professional editor with more than 20 years experience in the newspaper and magazine industries. Her work has been featured in global publications such as Cosmopolitan, Maclean's, Soap Opera Weekly, The Calgary Herald, The Calgary Sun, and The Edmonton Journal, among many others. She is the co-founder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the Assistant Managing Editor of the International Thriller Writers' monthly e-zine, The Big Thrill.
The world of literature nowadays is so diverse, open-minded and thriving in experimental works, that there doesn't seem to be a single form of written art missing from it ... you would think. But there is: The vignette.
"Vignette" is a word that originally meant "something that may be written on a vine-leaf." It's a snapshot in words. It differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn't lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot. Instead, the vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. It's descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration, and wordplay. Through a vignette, you create an atmosphere.
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