In this workshop we'll look to prose poems, flash fiction and micro-essays to explore the rousing potential of short-form prose. Often considered a borderline genre between poetry and prose, "flash" pieces engage all the style and subject of longer pieces, but in a distilled form. Whether you're a beginner wanting to experiment with writing, a veteran looking for a new model for voice, image, and plot, or just a busy human intrigued by the possibilities of bite-size storytelling, this one-day workshop will offer a buffet of readings and writing prompts to stimulate your creative practice.
About the Instructor(s)
Erica Berry has taught writing at Literary Arts, the University of Minnesota, the New York Times Student Journeys, and as the 2019-2020 Writer-in-Residence with the National Writer Series in Traverse City, MI. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and named Notable in Best American Essays 2019 and 2020, and appears in publications such as The Guardian, The Yale Review, The NYT Magazine, The Atlantic, and others. Her first nonfiction book will be published by Flatiron/MacMillan in 2022. She loves teaching students of all experience levels, only curiosity is required.
Materials List: Students Bring
• Notebook and writing utensil
• Laptop or other writing aid (optional)
Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)
• Digital hub with accessible writing prompts
• PDFs of readings
• Web resources