with Liz Matthews
"The truth is that you don’t get the full narrative arc with this many pages. Instead you get one moment, one lyrical moment, a key moment in a character's life.” -David Jauss
In flash fiction and nonfiction, writers become attuned to language on the sentence level. This is good practice for writers of all genres, as you’ll learn how to transform abstract ideas into specific moments. We’ll pay close attention to pacing, metaphor & imagery, endings, and poetic techniques to employ in writing flash. There is room to experiment and take more risks with poetry or prose told in 1,000 words or less. The workshop will also cover prose poems, micos and hermit crab fiction/nonfiction. Each week, we’ll study examples of both well-known and more obscure writers who have mastered this form. During and in between workshops, you’ll receive unique writing prompts for continual inspiration and support.
Why write short?
- It’s good practice; it takes off some of the pressure.
- You are forced to question the importance of every word in revision.
- You’ll look more closely at your work.
- If you are open to trying out different genres, there's more room to experiment with in this form.
- It's easier to publish!
Optional: Want an extra hour of one-on-one attention?
Liz will provide written feedback on either part of a manuscript OR to help advise with the submission process for a total of an extra hour of consultation time. Please choose this option in the drop-down menu when purchasing this workshop. This extra time will be scheduled directly with the instructor.
Online via ZOOM
(link will be sent the week of 1st class)
April 2, 9, off, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
7pm to 9pm EST
LIMITED TO 7 STUDENTS
About the Instructor...
Liz Matthews is a writer and editor who received her M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (2008) and M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Liz began her professional career in publishing, both at a literary agency and as an Editorial Assistant at Random House before teaching middle and high school English at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town & Country, Literary Mama, Brain Child, Mothers Always Write, The Rumpus, and Big Fiction Little Truths, among other places.