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“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 In-Person Classes

In-person class schedules are subject to sudden change or cancellation due to Covid. We will communicate any course changes to you as quickly as possible. Masking, social distancing, and other Covid measures will be enforced in accordance with local guidelines. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about your class. If you have any questions about in-person learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



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  1. Tuesday, November 28, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Tuesday, December 05, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Tuesday, December 12, 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.

    Allison Payne


Wednesday, November 29, 2023 @ 2:30 am PST
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 @ 5:00 am PST
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Katharine Harer


San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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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.

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