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Summer Flash Essays: Online Class (starts July 1)

Flash Essays online class (July 1-Aug.4, 2019)

There are just a few seats left in my summer flash essays class. Join me for this five-week online class to learn how to write essays that are short and sweet (or short and hot/salty/sassy, etc.). 

Here's the overview of the class: 

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. Enrollment is $310 and includes the following: 


  • Five weeks of lessons, writing exercises, and tons of resources;
  • My editorial feedback on three of your essays;
  • Peer feedback on up to four of your essays; and
  • A live (and recorded) conference call with me and your classmates.


Leave a comment below or email me with any questions. 

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