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MFA Course Descriptions

IMF 52301
Focused Nonfiction Workshop:
Flash Nonfiction

Instructor: Lisa Haag

Class Type: Craft & Workshop

Course Description:

Philip Graham, the co-founder and nonfiction editor of Ninth Letter Arts and Literary Journal, writes: “The memories we have of our lives are not a continuous narrative. Instead, they are more akin to the several arcs of a skipping stone—three, four, five, six splashes and onward. Flash nonfiction is in many ways an ideal form to capture the world of those splashes of memory, fueled by the energy of the previous arc’s path descending into the water, as well as, at the end of the brief essay, the energy urging up to the curve of another arc.”
 
In this class, we will learn more about this concise yet artistically expansive form, and we will read a variety of examples of flash nonfiction. In addition, each student will create several pieces of original work, which will be read and discussed by a supportive learning community of writers. Come practice and experience this emerging and popular brief essay form, the perfect medium for experimentation, insight, and illumination!
 
Textbook:
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction
Edited by Dinty W. Moore
ISBN: 9780984616664
Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301