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Writers Workshops

Flash Creative Nonfiction Online 2022-204

Course #2022-204
Wednesdays Starting March 30 10:00 am–12:00 pm running 8 weeks skipping Wednesday, April 27
Cost: $320 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.

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.


In this generative creative writing workshop, we will explore the sub-genre of Micro Memoir/Flash Nonfiction (FNF) – a form perfect for articulating the microcosms found blooming out of thin places, precise moments, and snapshots of memory. Over the course of eight 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 surprise (the moment a piece takes a leap we didn’t expect, but, once lept, makes more sense than any linear move ever could), while also covering concerns like setting, pacing, summary, scene, sensory description, character, and stakes. For those new to FNF, flash prose includes any non-lineated creative writing piece under 750-words (roughly 3 pages double-spaced in 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 by writers like Hanif Abdurraqib, Claudia Rankine, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Lia Purpura we’ll explore how a sneaky volta affects our understanding of plot and influences our emotional reactions. Our discussions will segue into writing prompts, ensuring that, no matter how busy your life is outside of Inprint, you will be writing. 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 online writing community. Both new and returning 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.

About the instructor

CAIT WEISS ORCUTT’s essays and poems have appeared in Boston ReviewBust Magazine, Chautauqua, FIELD, The Pinch, The Academy of American Poets 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. Cait has an MFA from The Ohio State and a PhD in Poetry from the UH Creative Writing Program, where she received an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor/MD Anderson Foundation Fellowship.

Please note that the registration fee and tuition for online workshops are nonrefundable. By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. For details and a schedule of all the current workshop offerings, click here.