Are you writing poems based on life experience? Or maybe memoir that is lyrical and poetic? Is it flash nonfiction or prose poetry? Maybe both. In this class, we’ll delve into the genres of flash nonfiction and the prose poem, attempting to define how they work using examples and craft essays by other writers such as Claudia Rankine, Maggie Nelson, Dinty Moore, and Nin Andrews. We’ll respond to prompts and play with shaping subject matter from your own experience in ways that move toward narrative and toward poetry. Participants will have an opportunity to workshop a piece and receive feedback on their work.
Flash Nonfiction and Prose Poetry takes place 7/9, 7/16, & 7/23 from 6:30-8:30pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church 15700 Detroit Ave. Lakewood OH 44107.
Lee Chilcote is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins. His writing has been published by Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt and many literary journals as well as in The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, The Cleveland Anthology and A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City. He is a founder and former executive director of Literary Cleveland.