Flash fiction? Prose poem? Proem? Short-Short? Vignette? Whatever approach you take, the brief 500 words-or-less prose piece is a fun, rewarding way to experiment with a vast array of narrators, techniques and formats.
This mixed-genre class is open to fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, poets—anyone who wants to take on the joys and challenges of short-form prose writing. All levels welcome, whether you are a novice writer or long-time Writers Studio member.
Each week, you will write a short, complete prose piece and receive a personal written critique from the teacher. The teacher chooses all exercises and readings from a variety of authors.
As part of this 8-week workshop, you will also have the option of joining a weekly one-hour live chat conducted using the school’s secure website. If you cannot attend a chat, you can read the chat transcript posted later in the online classroom.
The exercise instruction and chat will outline both guidelines for the week’s exercise and craft information about genre. You will explore the differences and similarities among flash fiction stories, prose poems and vignettes, etc.
You will also receive feedback from your fellow classmates and offer feedback to them as well. During the workshop’s final week, you will pick one of your favorite exercises to revise under the teacher’s direction.