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Short? Stop! Writing True Stories Less Than 500 Words

Prose poems, lyric essays, and mini creative-nonfiction shorts are all possible in less than 500 words. Even if you don’t want to make this your default form, it’s an effective way to crystallize what you have to say. A word limit also works as a way to resolve writer’s block. We’ll write from prompts and exercises designed to help find the hidden heart of stories you want to tell. Invigorating for writers who want to break out of ruts and mix up forms.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Dianne Aprile

Class Type: 1 Session

Start Date: 05/17/2014

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Dianne Aprile

Dianne Aprile writes essays, poems, and nonfiction books. Her work, featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, appears in the latest This I Believe anthology. She teaches at Spalding University’s MFA in Writing Program and received an Artist Trust fellowship as well as Hedgebrook and Whiteley Center residencies.

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