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Writers Workshops

Flash Creative Nonfiction 2023-211/In-Person

Course #2023-211
Tuesdays Starting June 20 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 8 weeks skipping Tuesday, July 4
Cost: $350 Instructor: Layla Al-Bedawi
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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This is an in-person workshop that takes place at Inprint House.

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A Generative Exploration into Flash Creative Nonfiction

The flash form, in its brevity, malleability, and intimacy, makes for a perfect venue to experiment with creative nonfiction—to create pieces that pull your reader in fast and deep, that can be hyper-focused on a single memory or span decades, that can be experimental and even playful while also containing a strong emotional core. In this workshop, we’ll read and take inspiration from example pieces, work through various creative strategies and generative exercises focusing on different aspects of our craft, such as expressing time in such a condensed space, understanding our narrative persona, different modes of truth-telling, and experimenting with hybrid forms/lyric essays.

This workshop will be predominantly generative: our main goal will be to create many new drafts in a safe, nurturing, judgment-free environment. Fresh nonfiction drafts are often raw and deeply intimate, and our guidelines for giving feedback throughout our time together will reflect that. We’ll also play with inventive ways of editing and rewriting, and take time to discuss the process of submitting finished work for publication, as well as venues that accept flash-length nonfiction and might be a good fit for participants’ work.

about the instructor

LAYLA AL-BEDAWI is a writer of fiction, personal essays, prose poetry, and hybrid strangelings. English is her third language, but she’s been dreaming in it for years. Born in Germany to Kurdish and Ukrainian parents, she moved to the US in 2006 and currently lives Houston. Her work has been awarded the 2023 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Nonfiction, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, IGNYTE Award, and Rhysling Award, and has been selected for the 2021 Best Small Fictions anthology. She has been published in Wigleaf, Bayou Magazine, Winter Tangerine, Juked, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. She is a candidate in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

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