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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
Type(s):
Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Experimental, Flash, Hybrid, Memoir

Cost: 
$95 Regular, $86 ASU Affiliate, $75 Student
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.

About the Instructor(s): 

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the author of The Book of Emergencies, recipient of a 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Award, The Philosophy of Unclean Things, and the forthcoming The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story], winner of the 2017 Split Rock Review chapbook competition. She is the recipient of four Pushcart nominations, the 2017 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award in Nonfiction, a 2017 Arts Hero Award, and a fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics for her Community Poetry Gardens project. Dombrowski is the founder of rinky dink press, an editor at Four Chambers Press, and a university and community educator. Additionally, she is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ.