ClassOnce Upon a Flash
In uncertainty, we cling to that which feels familiar and returns us to the simplicity of childhood—hot cocoa, fuzzy blankets, fairy tales. After all, the world is still full of wolves, of wicked stepmothers, of spindles that prick and apples that poison. In this class, we’ll take a look at timeless fairy tale tropes (dark woods, impossible tasks, shapeshifting, etc.) and subvert them for our own small tales: flash, short-shorts, postcard, prose poems, fictional and non. No matter what you call it, we’ll review the basics of short forms (characterization, imagery, conflict) and worry word count as we make our own new tales.
We’ll read small works from Angela Carter, Anna Cabe, Peter Markus, and Claudia Rankine, among others, and challenge ourselves to look at language anew through writing exercises. At the end of the class, each student will have at least one shiny, new piece (under 1,000 words) to share for feedback.
About Loft Flex Classes
Flex Classes are completely online and asynchronous, meaning you can complete the course work on your own schedule. They do run week-to-week so a cohort of students can work together, but you can log in any time during the week. There are no live meetings to schedule around, so these classes are ideal for people with unpredictable schedules. Because you can sign on any time during the week to complete your tasks, and because there is no live video conferencing, they are also a good option for people with unreliable Internet access.
Find out more here about Loft flex classes here: https://bit.ly/2EZdlH2
This class will use the wet.ink platform. Find out more here: https://wet.ink/demos