9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Writing the Brief Essay
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but writers of flash nonfiction can say what they want to say in anywhere from six to 750 words. This class will jump-start your creative nonfiction writing by exploring this short nonfiction form. By reading and examining essays that capture our attention in just a few paragraphs (or even a few lines), trying out the form with in-class prompts, and sharing your work, this class will help you find the essays in your everyday life.
Writing by masters such as Dinty W. Moore, Abigail Thomas, and Eduardo Galeano, as well as sample of Twitter micro-essays, will help us look at what works in this form (and why). Writers interested in creative nonfiction but not ready for longform will learn about the possibilities—and the quirks—of the flash nonfiction essay. We will also discuss publishing and where to submit flash nonfiction.
$3 copy fee.