Unlock the power of flash nonfiction with renowned author Mira Ptacin in this dynamic online workshop for writers of all levels.

Aug 19, 2024 - Sep 4, 2024

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1095
Workshop Duration: 12 hours over 6 sessions of class time with 1:1 instructor sessions (Mondays & Wednesdays, 1-3pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 12

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets for 6 sessions, Mondays & Wednesdays, Aug 19, 21, 26, 28, Sep 2 & 4 from 1-3pm ET. There will also be 1:1 time available with your instructor.

Flash nonfiction essays are extremely short—often 750 words or less—true stories told concisely and movingly. This dynamic micro essay form can lead to inspiring results whether being used for reflective, autobiographical-like pieces or more urgent, in-the-moment pieces. Flash nonfiction essays can tackle the absurd and the profound, and are an invaluable method for nonfiction writers looking for a “side door” into stories that are too daunting to enter from the front. This class will begin with a brief lecture by the instructor, followed by writing prompts, and instructor-led group critiques. The writing prompts and exercises will be intended to liberate attendees’ creativity, provide literary distance and perspective, and open their eyes to possibilities that may not seem immediately obvious.

What makes this workshop special?

  1. Expert Guidance: Learn from the best! Mira Ptacin is an award-winning author and seasoned instructor with a passion for nonfiction storytelling.
  2. Flexibility: Join from anywhere! This online workshop allows you to participate from the comfort of your home while still receiving personalized attention and guidance.
  3. Masterful Techniques: Discover how to craft moving and concise true stories in 750 words or less. Uncover the secrets of powerful flash nonfiction.
  4. Creative Liberation: Break through writer’s block and explore your unique storytelling voice through stimulating writing prompts and exercises.
  5. Valuable Feedback: Benefit from instructor-led group critiques and 1:1 time with Mira to refine your work and gain fresh insights.
  6. Transform Your Stories: Whether you’re into reflective, autobiographical narratives or urgent, in-the-moment pieces, this workshop equips you to tackle both with finesse.
  7. Community of Your Peers: Enjoy learning and working with a community of your peers.

What you will achieve:

  • Craft up to 8 powerful, moving flash nonfiction essays, plus more that can be developed into much longer bodies of work (finding your “side door”).
  • Learn techniques to expand your stories into longer works.
  • A deeper understanding of storytelling dynamics.
  • New perspectives and heightened creativity.

Don’t miss this chance to elevate your writing to new heights with Mira Ptacin. Secure your spot now and embark on a transformative writing journey! Register here.

Mira Ptacin's books, 2022
Mira’s book Poor Your Soul was named one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews, a designation reserved only for books of exceptional merit.

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Instructor: Mira Ptacin

Mira Ptacin is the author of the award-winning memoir Poor Your Soul as well as the genre-blending book The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna, which the New York Times lauded as a best book to read during a pandemic. Her work frequently appears in Down East Magazine, Vogue, the New York Times, and more. She's the visiting professor of Creative Nonfiction at Colby College and teaches memoir writing to incarcerated women at the Maine Correctional Center.