“Shorter forms grab us and hold us in their spell, catapulting us into a moment. Every sensory detail is there for a reason, every word matters,” says instructor Katharine Harer. “Flash forms engage readers through hint and suggestion rather than lengthy explanation, sparks of light beckoning us to follow.”
Katharine will share examples of short forms from a diverse group of writers, including Lydia Davis, John Edgar Wideman, Jamaica Kincaid and George Saunders, who illustrate how to build plot, tension and character in a few words. Through in-class reading, discussions, and writing practice, we’ll look at how to deepen a moment of perception, hone our personal voices, and practice the useful art of concision. We’ll pay special attention to sound elements, imagery and the texture of words and learn how to move the action forward without beating around the bush.
“We’ll write during class,” says Katharine, “and I’ll give you optional assignments to try at home designed to jumpstart new flash pieces. Sharing is voluntary and always encouraged – we learn a lot from one another.”
By the end of the three weeks, students will feel comfortable working in these shorter forms and will have created a number of their own pieces, ranging from 500 words to 2-3 pages. Students at all levels and experience with writing are welcome.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katharine Harer loves teaching creative writing. She has worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of students in her over thirty-year career as a community college writing teacher at Skyline College and as a private workshop instructor. Katharine has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent, Deconfliction, in 2020, and a full-length volume of poems, Jazz & Other Hot Subjects, in 2016. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published widely in literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Her travel essay Delle Donne appeared in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2016 and a personal essay, Blue Flags & Painted Crosses, is forthcoming from Sonora Review in Tucson.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, November 29, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, December 06, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, December 13, 6:30pm-9:00pm
I found Katharine's teaching style empathetic and helpful. She was always about improving, no matter what level we were at.
I think Katharine is a great teacher. She gives everyone respectful, individual attention. She lets everyone have their own opinion and encourages us to listen to each other with the same empathy.