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Essayist Brenda Miller writes that paying attention to form in creative nonfiction can invite the writer to make “inadvertent revelations where the writer no longer seems in complete control.” She says, “Form essentially becomes the writer’s inky courage.”

In this 5-week online workshop we’ll investigate three forms of flash creative nonfiction: the prose poem, the braided essay, and the hermit-crab essay. Through a series of writing exercises during the first two weeks of class, students will generate a list of potential essay ideas and identify key details and imagery to help them dig into the heart of those stories. Instructor Rob Williams says, “In the subsequent weeks we'll experiment with various flash forms, to see which best fits the story you want to tell.”

Through writing exercises, opportunities for optional sharing, and brief but detailed instructor feedback in a warm and friendly community of writers, participants will leave the class with a greater understanding of some brief literary essay forms and at least two early drafts of their own essays.


About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



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  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, February 18, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, February 25, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, March 04, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, March 11, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, March 18, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Rob Williams is the best teacher. His thoughtful feedback, variety of prompts, way of facilitating an inclusive, expansive learning environment inspired more productive, joyful writing than I've ever experienced.

  • Rob is skilled, compassionate, respectful & genuinely passionate about writing. He's an inspiration.

    Zoe C.


Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 2:30 am PST
Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 4:00 am PST
Event Category:


Online (SF Zoom)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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