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Short but Mighty: Crafting Flash Nonfiction
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Sarah Manguso in 300 Arguments says, “The word fragment is often misused to describe anything smaller than a bread box, but an eight-hundred-page book is no more complete or unbroken than a ten-line poem. That’s confusing size with integrity. An ant is not a fragment of an elephant except orthographically.” Tiny things can be powerful. An ant can carry 5,000 times its body weight. In this seminar, we’ll read micro essays and short or flash nonfiction pieces that make a big impact in less than 750 words. We will discuss some of the tenets of this popular form utilized in the pieces and engage in writing exercises to try our hand at creating short work. While flash nonfiction has been around for centuries, the rise of social media has sharpened the world’s focus on creating concise, meaningful content. On Twitter, every character counts. In flash nonfiction, every word counts.
This Austin Bat Cave writing seminar is for fiction writers who’ve wondered about the truthiness of their flash fiction; poets who’ve wondered if their prose poems are really lyric essays; creative nonfiction (CNF) writers who have wanted to dabble in poetry but aren’t quite ready; and/or writers of all ability levels interested in discussing and creating short nonfiction.
About the Instructor
Kate Carmody is a recipient of a CINTAS Foundations grant supporting artists born in Cuba or of Cuban descent. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Los Angeles Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Lady/Liberty/Lit, Lunch Ticket, and No Contact, among others. She received her MFA from Antioch University in Los Angeles. While pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction, she worked as a blogger, assistant blog editor, and the assistant lead editor for the youth spotlight series at Lunch Ticket. In addition to teaching at Austin Bat Cave, she teaches writing through Antioch’s Continuing Education Program. In 2012, she received the Facing History and Ourselves Margot Stern Strom Teaching Award and in 2017, was selected by Facing History and Ourselves to participate in a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant-funded study to assess if peer-led professional development can improve teachers’ instruction of literacy standards. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and dog. The three of them are in a band called Dadafacer. Find her on Twitter at @KateCarmody8 and on Instagram: carmo8.