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Writers Workshops

Flash Creative Nonfiction Online 2020-301

Course #2020-301
Tuesdays Starting September 29 6:30 pm–8:30 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $240 Instructor: Cait Weiss Orcutt
This workshop is full

Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.


In this generative creative writing workshop, we will explore the emerging sub-genre of Micro Memoir/Flash Nonfiction (FNF) – a form perfect for those unpredictable, touch-and-go times. Over the course of six sessions, we’ll shape and refine our ever-evolving sense of Flash by reading published work, by sharing craft essays on form, and by writing—every week in class—new work of our own. This specific course in FNF will focus on setting, place and worldbuilding, while also covering concerns like pacing, sensory description, dialogue, character, stakes, and, as we’ll debate and explore, the necessity (or irrelevance) of plot. For those new to FNF, flash prose includes any non-lineated creative writing piece under 750-words (roughly 3 pages double-spaced standard 12-point font). Tiny but mighty, these pieces build stakes, provoke emotions, and pack the punch of a full-sized piece. Looking at essays (and the occasional prose poem) by Melissa Ferrone, Hanif Abdurraqib, Carmen Maria Machado, and Claudia Rankine, we’ll explore the micro-worlds flash can offer us. Our discussions will segue into writing prompts, ensuring that, no matter how busy your life is outside of Inprint, you will be writing, no matter what. This course is a great fit for those looking to begin or boost a regular writing practice, to explore new forms, and to build an insightful and generous writing community. Both new and previous FNF students are encouraged to attend – the material covered in this class changes every iteration. The course will include a discussion of the submission process, literary journals, cover letters, and publication. Be prepared to experience “economy of language” on a whole new level.

About the instructor

CAIT WEISS ORCUTT’s essays and poems have appeared in Boston ReviewBust Magazine, Chautauqua, FIELDThe Pinch, The Academy of American Poets online, and more. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets and Best of the Net, and her manuscript VALLEYSPEAK (Zone 3, 2017) won Zone 3 Press’ First Book Award, judged by Douglas Kearney. Cait has an MFA from The Ohio State University and is currently a PhD candidate in Poetry at the UH Creative Writing Program, where she received an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor/MD Anderson Foundation Fellowship.

Please note that online workshops are nonrefundable. By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration  policies. If this workshop is full when you try to register, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered. For details and a schedule of all the current workshop offerings click here