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Life Is Short—Art Is Shorter [David Shields]

Time: - - - PT
Capacity: seat
Member Price: $517.50
General Price: $575.00

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An intensive course emphasizing the importance and excitement—in contemporary writing—of compression, concision, and velocity. You will read several exemplary mini-essays and short-short-stories, then write and read aloud your own (1000-1500-word) attempt to the class. Your fellow students will offer a critique of the piece. The course is an immersion in brevity but also in the larger principles of prose composition (such as tone, tension, motif, metaphor, reprise, structure, closure); how to build a series of seemingly disconnected prose passages into a larger whole; and how and where to publish both very brief work and book-length collage.

This class is full. Please sign up for the waitlist in case of cancellations and to help us gauge demand for this class format.

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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