ClassBriefly: Flash Nonfiction
Flash nonfiction calls our attention to detail. In this class, we will read, analyze, write, edit, polish, and submit flash nonfiction pieces. We can focus on quality over quantity, pouring over word choice and raising our own standard of excellence at the sentence level. We will work on drafting and editing, knowing when a piece is ready to submit. We will read from easily accessible online flash nonfiction venues including 100 Word Stories, River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, Brevity Magazine, NYT Magazine’s Lives, The New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs, and O Magazine. These venues regularly accept open submissions. Writing prompts will help hone in on a true moment or follow a thread through time and space to write beautiful and brief prose. We will workshop pieces and students will receive ample feedback and encouragement from the instructor.
Students will receive a list of venues to submit to and be supported in moving pieces from draft to Submittable. Class will take place online, via Zoom and Google Classroom, with live weekly meetings, including ample time for in-class writing exercises and weekly writing assignments to do between sessions.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access the live meeting portions of this class, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio & video capability. You will receive instruction on how to join your Zoom classroom approximately one week before your class is set to begin and then again on the start date of your class. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes might also have a supplemental Google Classroom page. In order to access Google Classroom pages, you will need a Gmail address. Should your teaching artist have a Google Classroom page, you will be invited to join your class' Google Classroom page at least 24 hours before the start of your class. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. If we do not have a Gmail address on file for you, you will be contacted by a Loft staff member. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.