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Flash Essays Online Class (Sept. 2018)


Some experiences beg us to write about them, but we often feel overwhelmed when trying to capture the whole story at once. In this class, we'll explore the art of flash nonfiction and short essays—pieces that tell a complete story in a short space.

Life is made up of moments: big showy ones and small quiet ones—many of them infused with deeper meaning. Sometimes we can easily articulate a moment’s meaning, but often we can only make sense of it peripherally. In a flash essay, the moment and the meaning must be distilled to their purest essence.

Through a series of writing exercises, participants will generate a list of potential essay ideas and identify key details and imagery to help them dig into the heart of those stories. Students will also write several flash pieces of varying lengths.

This 5-week class starts with my popular One-Moment Memoirs curriculum and then expands into other aspects of flash essays. 

Full details and registration are available on Creative Nonfiction's website. Price: $260 if registered by August 20. (Price is $310 after August 20.) Plus, If you haven't taken one of Creative Nonfiction's online classes before, you can save an additional $50 with the code FIRST50. You can combine this coupon with the early bird pricing, which makes this a great deal. 

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