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All Levels. Most of us have experienced illness on some level: acute, chronic, physical, mental. We may have taken care of a loved one when they got sick. If writing nonfiction is an exercise in sense-making, how do we make sense of our illnesses on the page? In this class, we will look at published examples of flash nonfiction with a focus on illness and health, and write some flash nonfiction of our own.
Janet Buttenwieser’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, Under the Sun, Potomac Review, The Pinch, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her memoir, GUTS, was a finalist for the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize and will be published by Vine Leaves Press in 2018. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was a finalist for Oregon Quarterly’s Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest, and won honorable mention in The Atlantic Student Writing contest, the New Millennium Writings Award and the Artsmith Literary Award. She holds an MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Visit her at janetbuttenwieser.com