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The World in a Thimble: Short-Form Creative Writing CEXTN48-202280

Sep 28, 2022 - Oct 26, 2022

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The World in a Thimble: Short-Form Creative Writing

Wednesdays, 9/28-10/26/2022, 6:00-8:00pm with optional Engagement Lab for 1-on-1 conferences with the instructor

Location: Online

Instructor: Nora Boxer

In this class, we'll explore the power of short forms: prose poetry, flash fiction, flash essay. This class is open to writers of prose as well as poets: Some of what we'll explore here is the notion of "hybridity," or Sphinx-like, in-between genre spaces that operate partially like poetry and partially like prose. We'll explore more deeply how we are defining the line between prose and poetry. We'll look at how big concepts can get distilled into a page or two of fiction or personal essay. While most of what we'll do in this class will emphasize the Sentence as our primary mode of syntactical construction, we will also do a bit of exploration with short-form lineated poetry: haiku, haibun, and tanka. We'll read some (surprise!) short craft essays on short forms as well as many published creative works to help deepen our understanding. Give your big writing projects a breather and enjoy completing at least one short piece per week! Small is beautiful. Small is big. All skill levels welcome.

Workshops are taught online through Zoom and Canvas. Students will need a computer or smart phone with webcam and microphone, internet and web streaming capacity, and the Zoom application installed to their device. Please also bring a pen and paper to class.

Instructor Bio: Nora Boxer has taught a variety of creative writing classes at CCSF Extension since 2015. She loves working with adult writers and supporting a dedicated community of students both new and returning. A former long-term Bay Area resident, Nora is now a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches undergraduate classes. She recently spent a year investigating Short Forms as part of her scholarly work.