Event—Adult Education

Flash Nonfiction: A Short Writing Workshop

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Learn about the world of “flash nonfiction,” a flexible and rich form of creative writing that’s perfect for both new and seasoned writers.

Fountain pen writing. Source: Petar Milošević, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

Flash nonfiction is a flexible form of creative writing that overlaps with memoir, essay, and even poetry. “Flash” pieces are short—1,000 words, 500 words, 250 words. They make an impact on readers with precise language, details, imagery, and more.

Writers of flash nonfiction draw on real life experiences, observations, and research. This class offers a brief look at the form and published examples, with prompts to inspire you to create and share new work.

Linda Downing Miller has led creative writing classes in Chicago since 2015. Her stories and essays have appeared in Booth, Chicago Quarterly Review, Water-Stone Review, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. She received an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

Materials List

Materials List

  • Digital Course Packet

First Reading

  • Please read the two short pieces "Atlantis," by Bernard Cooper, and "Swerve," by Brenda Miller, for the first session.

Cost and Registration

This class is full, but you can still register for the waitlist on Learning Stream.

Three sessions, $147 ($132 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.

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