Flash Essays: Inventive and Playful Forms - Remote!

Saturday, June 26th from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST)
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 2 spots left!

Because of its short span and low time commitment from readers, the brief essay form can be ideal for experimenting and taking risks with your material. Approaches that might be harder to pull off in a longer format can land with power and precision when compressed into 750 or 1,000 words. From second-person and collage essays to “hermit crab” essays that borrow forms from other realms (think recipes, quizzes, WebMD entries), the flash essay is a rich testing ground. 

In this 3-hour seminar, we’ll examine the mechanics of several published flash essays that get creative with form and style, discussing how the writers' unique approaches enhance the truths they're telling. We’ll also do generative exercises, so you can apply what we learn to your own material. You’ll leave with nuts-and-bolts advice for shaping flash essays that surprise, challenge and delight readers.

class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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