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The Heart of the Matter: Writing Flash Nonfiction

Bernard Cooper describes the brief essay as calling for “an alertness to detail, a quickening of the senses, a focusing of the literary lens . . . until one has magnified some small aspect of what it means to be human.” More and more literary journals welcome flash nonfiction or publish only flash—Brevity, Hippocampus, Flashquake, etc. With this in mind, we will consider and then practice what makes brief essays work. Students will create two complete drafts and receive generative feedback.

Instructor: Susanne Paola Antonetta

Class Type: 1 Session


Term: Fall 2019

Start Date: 09/05/2019

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

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Susanne Paola Antonetta

Susanne Paola Antonetta’s Make Me a Mother, ranked a Top Ten Book of the Year by Image Journal, was published by W.W. Norton. A digital chapbook, Curious Atoms: A History with Physics, was published by Essay Press in May 2016. She is also author of Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir, A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World, the novella Stolen Moments, and four books of poetry. Awards for her poetry and prose include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, a Library Journal Best Science Book of the Year, a Lenore Marshall Award finalist, an Oprah Bookshelf pick, a Pushcart prize, and others. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Orion, The New Republic, and many anthologies. Her work has been translated into Korean, Dutch, and Italian and distributed internationally. She lives in Bellingham, Washington and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Bellingham Review.

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