Tiny Package, Big Punch: Flash Memoir and the Art of Concision with Rosemarie Dombrowski
Date(s): Wednesdays, May 16 - 23, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Type(s): Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Experimental, Flash, Hybrid, Memoir
About the Class
The tools of the trade remain relatively the same, but the size of the package – when it comes to writing “flash” – forces us to distill our stories into palatable, 750-word bites. Think of them as appetizers for your longer works, parts of a longer whole, or simply an exercise in brevity and lyrical concision. In the first part of the course, we’ll discuss the features of the form – both memoir and its flash counterpart – emphasizing the elements that are standard to memoir as well as those unique to flash. We’ll also read and discuss a few recent flashes from Brevity magazine, and review the take-home writing prompt. In the second part of the course, we’ll read and review the flash memoirs of all participants in a traditional work-shop-style environment.