Flash Memoir – personal writing from the heart
Instructor: Erica Goss
Dates and times: July 20, 21, 22, 23, & 24, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
For ages 13-17
Platform: Computer with Zoom
Supplies/requirements: Writing materials and access to a computer with Zoom.
In this class, girls will learn how to write short, intense stories, using journal-writing and personal experience for inspiration. Flash memoirs are non-fiction written pieces generally 1000 words or less. Although they can be about almost any subject, they are usually in-the-moment accounts.
1. Introduction to Flash Memoir
First, we’ll define flash memoir as a genre of writing. Next, we’ll explore its principles to express ourselves through writing.
Regular journal-writing, whether daily, weekly or monthly, creates an archive of material we can use for our own short compositions.
Sharing the work of writers who practice writing flash memoir, for example, Beth Ann Fennelly, will result in a more complete understanding of the form.
4. Going deeper
Through sharing your journals, you’ll discover the stories you want to tell.
5. Conclusion and reading
You will share your work, what you learned, and have time for questions and comments.