ClassThe "Short Work” Toolbox: A Multigenre Class in Writing Short Pieces
Short pieces are innovative, slippery to define, and capable of carrying weighty and meaningful content. They blend elements of traditional forms of creative writing and have the elasticity to accomplish artful writing outside the bounds of hard-ruled form. We'll take a look at pieces by Shane McCrae, Hanif Abdurraquib, Claudia Rankine, and discuss what we gain from short pieces under a page long.
We'll discuss how they cross genre, and then we'll delve into craft by modifying various elements of traditional creative writing. We'll curate our own "short work" toolbox including elements such as micro narratives, short-term point of view, conciseness, and aboutness. We'll get writing with generative exercises, and you'll leave having created two new short works of your own. This class is for writers of all kinds—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and cross-genre alike. A list of three short pieces to read online will be sent via the registration confirmation email.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, 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 and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.