Instructor: Len Leatherwood
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Class Term: 08/09/2021 - 09/13/2021
SCN Member: $160
Class synopsisThis course will focus solely on Flash Nonfiction, which is essay or memoir writing that is 1200 words or less in length. We will be using the text, The Rose Metal Press's Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction edited by Dinty W. Moore, and will explore the topics discussed in the book, from understanding the flash nonfiction form to exploring alternative structures.
Over a period of 5-weeks, this course will help you understand the beauty of writing "short" nonfiction. You will learn about basic story elements and structure, the power of language, as well as the importance of symbols and detail in your writing. You will have weekly lessons, reading assignments, as well as exercises. You'll experiment with analyzing what works in powerful examples of flash nonfiction in order to discern what techniques the writer employed. You will also discover the importance of trying alternative structures in storytelling, to broaden your writing repertoire.
1. Understand what flash nonfiction is and what it is not.
2. Use image and detail more effectively
3. Understand more clearly what constitutes "voice."
4. Identify options for point-of-view in flash nonfiction.
5. Discern more clearly where to begin and where to end in flash nonfiction.
6. Become familiar with alternative structures for flash nonfiction.
Class communication methodWeekly lessons and prompts will be provided via our group site. Students will be asked to read information from various sources and do specific assignments related to story analysis and prompts for flash essay/memoir. We will have a weekly meeting on Zoom for 1 1/2 hours.
- Unit 1: Understanding the Flash Nonfiction Form
- Unit 2: The Power of Image and Detail as well as Finding Your Voice
- Unit 3: Using Sound and Language as well as Thoughts on Points of View
- Unit 4: Shaping Flash Nonfiction as well as Where to Begin; Where to End
- Unit 5: Alternative Approaches to Flash Nonfiction
Class time commitmentTime required: 3 - 6 hours per week
Len Leatherwood, the Program Coordinator for SCN’s Online Classes program and current president of Story Circle Network, has been teaching writing privately to students in Beverly Hills for the past 21 years. She is a nationally recognized writing coach as well as an award-winning author. Len has published work in flash fiction and nonfiction and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her blog, 20 Minutes a Day, can be found at lenleatherwood.com.