Flash Forward: Writing Microfiction and Nonfiction
WRITING X 424.14E
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Learn to write prose of 500-1,000 words in this workshop focused on condensing story down to its most essential and memorable parts.
What you can learn.
- Respond to prompts to help you develop short pieces that offer great impact to readers
- Read examples of published works to identify techniques to improve your own writing
- Learn about publishing opportunities for flash fiction and nonfiction
About this course:
It should come as no surprise that in our fast-paced, Twitter-dominated society, micro stories/flash essays/short-shorts are in demand by publishers. For creative writers, flash prose is often a rewarding form to write. Generally under 1,000 words, and often under 500, flash prose pieces can provide a welcome break from longer projects while keeping our writing muscles active. In addition, producing material appropriate for publication in a relatively short time can foster a sense of tangible accomplishment. In this workshop, you learn how to craft short prose (nonfiction and/or fiction) for maximum effect through the use of helpful prompts; exchange critiques to help you polish your flash stories and essays for potential publication; and read examples of effective flash prose for class discussion about the craft elements that make them successful. Expect to produce several flash stories and/or essays in this class and to have a lot of fun!