Dates:
Jun 26, 2023 - Jun 30, 2023

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1495
Class Size: 12

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.

Instructor Mira Ptacin is an award-winning author, a visiting professor of Creative Nonfiction at Colby College, and teaches memoir writing to incarcerated women at the Maine Correctional Center.

Entering through the side door - Mira Ptacin
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.