The University of Iowa

Flash Forward: Writing Very Short Creative Nonfiction Essays

Weekend June 20 to June 21 2020

It should come as no surprise that in the fast-paced, Twitter-dominated society we live in today, very short, self-contained essays and stories are quite popular. Generally under 1000 words and often under 500, "flash" essays and stories can provide a welcome break from longer projects while keeping our writing muscles active. In addition, producing material appropriate for publication in a relatively short time can foster a sense of tangible accomplishment. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to craft creative nonfiction flash essays through the use of helpful prompts, exchange critiques to help you polish your flash essays, and read examples of effective flash essays for class discussion about the craft elements that make them successful. Expect to produce multiple rough drafts for flash essays in this class and to have a lot of fun! This workshop is suitable for writers of all levels.


In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments; provide feedback on writing you produce in our weekend.