Works of extreme brevity go to the heart of human experience with intensity and clarity. Learn to distill language to create urgency and depth – with elements of the unexpected. Acquire narrative skills to compress stories to moments, transform fragments to tales, and shape the impressionistic to a lyrical landscape. Compressed prose forms include Flash and Sudden Fiction (less than 1000 words), Micro-memoir (200 – 250 words), Drabble (100 words), Mini-saga (50 words), Vignettes, Hint Fiction (25 words), and 6 word stories (made famous by Ernest Hemingway). Poetry forms include Haiku, Tanka, Acrostic, Lune (American Haiku), and Nonet (Disappearing Poem). This course serves as a perfect introduction to Creative Writing or an ideal way for Intermediate/Advanced students to learn to whittle their long form writing for more powerful effect.Notes:
- Through weekly Zoom meetings, students will work under the guidance of instructor expertise to achieve their work in a virtual studio environment. In addition, students take part in select course activities at their own time; course content will be posted on a weekly basis based on the scheduled meeting date.
- Prerequisites: none
- This course does not provide certificate credit.