Create Intermediate

Get In, Get Out: Techniques of Flash Creative Nonfiction (CREATE 3B)

Heritage D September 9, 2017 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

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Penny Guisinger
Alexis Paige

How do authors of flash CNF keep it so short while still making it meaningful? What has to go and what can stay? How do you create reader interest without taking up too much space? And what about the ending? How do you do that?

This session will look at the nuts and bolts of flash CNF. Through close readings of successful pieces, participants will look at effective-but-brief narrative threads, imagery, character development, metaphor, and high-impact endings. The session will also include practical advice for revising flash pieces and an exercise in identifying and weeding out unnecessary words. We’ll end with ideas for places to submit flash pieces.

This session will be led by two assistant editors at Brevity, a journal of concise creative literary nonfiction.


Organizer’s Note: “Writing and Publishing the Risky Personal Essay” previously was scheduled for this time slot; Candace McDuffie is no longer able to attend the conference, but would like to host a conference call on the same topic just for HippoCamp attendees who had been interested in her session. If you’re interested, please email and put “risky essay” in the subject line, and we’ll send more details soon.