Flash Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Workshop & Brenda Miller’s Weekend Master Class

Valerie Fioravanti is offering a multi-genre workshop in Flash Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, beginning Monday, November 14th. The course runs for six weeks, and is limited to six students. If you write in only one genre, but are interested in experimenting with the other, this is the perfect course for you. The word count limit of 1,000 words can be less daunting than a longer story or essay, and you are free to experiment across genres—or not, if you decide it’s not for you. You’ll be able to submit up to five pieces, and at least one revision will be encouraged. We’ll discuss the qualities that makes short work sizzle in both genres,  what sets fiction and nonfiction apart, and whether or not such distinctions matter. Flash is a good form for developing writers because economy, purpose, and precision are good skills to bring to larger works in either genre. The text for the course will be the Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction by Tara Masih (book) & craft essays from Brevity Magazine (online). We’ll also be reading sample flash fiction and creative nonfiction online and in print. To register, email valfiora at yahoo. Tuition is $225.

Flash Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Workshop
6 sessions, 6 students max
Beginning Monday, November 14th, 6:30-8:30 PM

Location: 17th & H

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Do you prefer to write longer memoir, lyric/personal essays, or narrative journalism? Author of the essay collections Season of the Body & Blessing the Animals and Bellingham Review editor-in-chief Brenda Miller will be the first creative nonfiction Master Teacher featured in the Weekend Workshop series. Brenda is also the co-author of the creative nonfiction textbook Tell it Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction, and her newest book, Listening Against the Stone: Selected Essays was published last month. Her workshop will take place January 14&15, 2012. Two spaces are still available. The cost is $400. To sign up, contact valfiora at yahoo.

Workshops in the Master Teacher series take place over a weekend, include both Saturday and Sunday, roughly from 10-4 PM with a 90 minute break for lunch. Workshops are capped at twelve students, and focus on craft, narrative choices, and discussion of student manuscripts, distributed and read in advance. The weekend will usually include an event that’s open to the public, either a reading or craft lecture.

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