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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.
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.