Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.
This workshop is full, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered.
Please acquire a copy of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide for this workshop, available for order through Brazos Bookstore here or any other bookseller or library.
Creative flash nonfiction asks to consider the question: How many words does it take to tell a compelling true story? In this course you will find that the answer might surprise you. Over the course of 6 weeks participants will read sample texts by essayists from diverse backgrounds. We will take the time to analyze how these writers use the flash nonfiction form to enlighten, illuminate, meditate on, question, and grapple with personal, historical, and societal memories, joys and traumas. Using what we learn about the form we will draft and revise a few flash nonfiction selections of our own. It is my hope that in each essay we draft we are able to explore “one small but significant aspect of what it means to be human.” Our goal in this course is to consider how the tools of the poet (brevity, concise language, repetition, imagery, and figurative language) can serve the essayist and how less can sometimes lead to more.
About the instructor
JASMINNE MENDEZ is a poet, educator, and award-winning author. She is the author of two poetry/prose collections, Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press, 2013), which won an International Latino Book Award, and Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry (Arte Publico Press, 2018). Mendez has had poetry and essays published or forthcoming in The Acentos Review, Crab Creek Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and others. She is a 2017 Canto Mundo Fellow and an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writer’s Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. You can find more info about her and her work at: www.jasminnemendez.com.
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