Instructor: Mira Ptacin
Date & Time: Saturday, June 16 | 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
12 FULL/WAIT LIST ONLY
Fee: MWPA Member $45 | Nonmember $100
Registration Closes: June 11
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, memoir-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.
Mira Ptacin is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Poor Your Soul (Soho Press 2016), which was named a best nonfiction book of 2016 by Kirkus and won the 2017 Maine Literary Award for Memoir. Her work has been published in New York Magazine, Guernica, Tin House, LitHub, NPR, Vice, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Poets & Writers, and more. Formerly an instructor at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Ptacin lives on Peaks Island with her family and is at work on her second book of nonfiction, The In-Betweens, forthcoming from Liveright-W.W. Norton. VISIT miraMptacin.com
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