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The SmokeLong Flash Nonfiction Workshop Online Jan 4 – Feb 21

November 12, 2020

This workshop is sold out. If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive information about future workshops, please email us at editors@smokelong.com.


The SmokeLong seven-week flash workshop is designed to offer participants an impressive variety of writing tasks in a generative, friendly atmosphere. Our workshop leaders are experienced creative writing instructors with a passion for flash narrative.

This workshop is divided into three two-week modules with one week devoted to editing at the end. During the first week of each module participants will receive a writing task each weekday, then discuss their drafts in small groups of four. The workshop leader will be involved in general small and large group discussions and will give specific, individual feedback on drafts during the second week of each module. All of the writing tasks are given during the first week of each module; the second week of each module is there to give participants time to write, to revise, and to breathe. Two story drafts are due to the workshop leader in the second week of each module—one on Tuesday and one of Friday. In addition, participants have the opportunity to send one draft to each of the workshop leaders at the end of the seventh week. This means that participants may send a total of seven drafts to the workshop leaders for feedback during the workshop.

This workshop is asynchronous, which means there are no live sessions. All communication is in writing on our workshop website. Participants take part at their convenience, but we do ask that participants give feedback on their peers’ work within two days.

The Modules:

Module One: Shasta Grant: Flash CNF: Finding a Beginning. Do you ever find yourself unsure where to begin with creative nonfiction? Unsure if your idea is big enough or, perhaps, too big for a flash CNF? In this module we will use guided journal entries as a method for generating ideas and learn how to develop those beginnings into essays.

Module Two: Steve Edwards: Less is More: Putting Details to Work. In flash CNF every word counts–there’s no time for explanations or apologies. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to select details that not only round out a story but resonate with readers long after they have finished reading.

Module Three: Christopher Allen: Regardless of whether a flash narrative is fiction, nonfiction or hybrid, the prose still needs to read with the energy of flash. In this module we’ll look at narrative structures, from macro to micro, as we focus on nailing the sound of the flash narrative.


For registration details email the following: editors@smokelong.com 


Dates: January 4 – February 21

Cost: $320 (please email editors@smokelong.com for payment details. Space is limited.)


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