Flash fiction? Prose poem? Proem? Short-Short? Vignette? Whatever approach you take, the brief 500-words or-less prose piece is a fun, rewarding way to experiment with a vast array of narrators, techniques and formats.

This survey class offers an overview of short prose writing. For six weeks, you will sample prose poems, creative nonfiction, flash memoirs, and flash and micro fictions. This mixed-genre class is open to fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, poets—anyone who wants to take on the joys and challenges of short-form prose writing. All levels welcome, whether you are a novice writer or long-time Writers Studio member.

Each week, the teacher chooses an exercise or reading from a variety of authors and offers instruction and guidelines for the week’s exercise and craft information about the genre. You then write a short, complete prose piece modeled on the writer’s example and technique and then receive feedback from your fellow classmates and offer feedback to them as well. You will explore the differences and similarities among flash fiction stories, prose poems and vignettes, etc. During the workshop’s final week, you will either pick one of your favorite exercises to revise under the teacher’s direction, or write an optional new exercise.

"Every week, I presented a new story. Finally something did click, the very thing that’s their specialty at The Writers Studio, emotional content. Before, my work was dead. When I brought in my breakthrough story, I felt I was carrying a weird animal in my bag. It was the first story I sold."

Jennifer Egan, former Writers Studio student, Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction


Writers Studio Teacher

Lisa Bellamy

Lisa Bellamy is the author of The Northway, a full-length poetry collection (Terrapin Books). Her chapbook Nectar won The Aurorean’s chapbook contest. Her poems and short prose have appeared in TriQuarterly, The Sun, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, The Southern Review, Verse Daily, Hotel Amerika, Salamander, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Chautauqua, The Southampton Review, Calyx, Cimarron Review,Fugue, Tiferet, PANK, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among other publications. She has received a Pushcart Prize, a Fugue Poetry Prize, honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and has been featured in several podcasts, including The Writer’s Almanac. She is a graduate of Princeton University. Lisa is currently working on new collections of poetry and short prose.

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