Flash Essay

Intermediate Level // 5-Week Online Course

Flash Essay

April 12 - May 16  

$260 if registered by 03/22/2021
$310 if registered after 03/22/2021

Refund, discount, and cancellation policies

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Instructor: Jenna McGuiggan

Some experiences beg us to write about them, but we often feel overwhelmed when trying to capture the whole story at once. In this class, we'll explore the art of flash nonfiction and short essays. Life is made up of moments: big showy ones and small quiet ones—many of them infused with deeper meaning. Sometimes we can easily articulate a moment’s meaning, but often we can only make sense of it peripherally. In a flash essay, the moment and the meaning must be distilled to their purest essence. Through a series of writing exercises, you will generate a list of potential essay ideas and identify key details and imagery to help you dig into the heart of those stories. You will also write several flash pieces of varying lengths.


Week 1: Inspiration (Find Your Flash)
Week 2: Distillation (Follow It Down)
Week 3: Exploration (Come at It Sideways)
Week 4: Realization (Make It Burn)
Week 5: Distribution (Send It Out)

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Refund, discount, and cancellation policies

By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):

Students may request a refund (less a $50 application fee) or request a transfer to another course in the same term (no fee).

By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:

Students may transfer their enrollment credit to a future course (less a $95 processing fee for 10-week courses or a $75 processing fee for 5-week courses). Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date. Students may switch to another class in the same term (subject to availability) for a $25 fee.

No refunds or transfers will be offered after 5 pm on Friday of the first week of classes.

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