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Flashes of Truth: Writing Brief Nonfiction (ages 18+)

Class Full!

Flash nonfiction, also called micro-memoir, is an increasingly popular form of life writing seen in literary journals such as Brevity and Sweet Lit. Flash vividly captures a moment in time, a specific location, a relationship, experience, or emotion. We will read and discuss examples of brief nonfiction, including book-length collections of brief nonfiction, such as Safekeeping by Abigail Thomas and The Black Notebooks by Toi Derricote. We will examine how, in collections such as these, the separate flashes accrue to form a memoir-in-essays.

Writers at any level of experience are welcome, from those just starting out to those working on their own collection of essays. The skills mastered by writing and studying flash nonfiction easily transfer to longer personal essays and memoirs. Includes personalized instructor feedback.

Week One / Introducing Flash Nonfiction

Week Two / Childhood Memories

Week Three / Grief and Trauma

Week Four / Speaking Truth to Power

Week Five / Linking essays to create a book

Week Six / Publication and Beyond

Class will be taught by Newberg author and writing coach Lisa Ohlen Harris

INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Ohlen Harris
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30PM | 4/16 – 5/21

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Earlier Event: April 1
Poetry Writing Workshop (ages 18+)
Later Event: April 20
Ikebana for All (ages 14+)