Masterclass Writing Flash Prose
For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn. Ernest Hemingway’s famous six word story captures how a compelling story can be told in just a few words. It should come as no surprise that in the fast-paced, Twitter-dominated society we live in today, micro stories/flash essays/short-shorts are popular with readers and in demand by publishers. For creative writers, flash prose is often a rewarding form in which to write. Generally under 750 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 one month workshop, you’ll 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. By course end, you’ll be able to identify the elements of a successful flash prose piece, and apply learned techniques to your own creative work effectively. Expect to produce at least one polished flash story and/or essay in this class and to have a lot of fun!