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Flash Fiction & the Prose Poem: Brief, Bold, & Breaking the Rules – G191028

Workshop ID: G191028
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

What, exactly, is the “flash” in flash fiction, and how can a piece of writing be both prose and poetry? In this workshop, we’ll not only answer these questions, but we’ll set our pens to paper to create flash fiction and prose poems of our own. We’ll read and discuss examples of both sub-genres, comparing them to their parent genres, the short story and the poem, learning how less can often be more and how language can be lyrical, informative, and surprising all at the same time. Assignments will be given at the end of each class session with opportunities to share work the following day. Writers of all skill levels welcome.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Anita Skeen

Anita Skeen is currently Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University where she is the Director of The Center for Poetry. She has been a Fellow at the


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Flash Fiction and the Prose Poem: Brief, Bold, and Breaking the Rules

Instructor: Anita Skeen

Start Date: 10/6/19, End Date: 10/12/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 10/6/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: I’m looking forward to meeting and working with all of you in the Fall Writing Festival course, “Flash Fiction and the Prose Poem: Brief, Bold, and Breaking the Rules.” We’ll have a good time talking about these two literary genres and deciding what we think they’re really all about. Are they so different from traditional poems and short stories.? Is one more difficult to write than the other? How do we tell them apart? Why might we be interested in reading them? In writing them? Oh, so much to talk about.

Learning Outcomes: Students should learn to break out of some of the traditional forms of writing that they been introduced to over the years and gain some freedom in writing in these two hybrid forms. Hopefully they will take home several drafts of pieces of writing that they can revise and strengthen when they go back home. They’ll be acquainted with some writers they’ve not read before (hopefully) and be challenged in new ways.

Course Schedule:
Class is 9:00 to 12:00 every morning. In the afternoons there is the opportunity for gatherings from panel discussions to book discussions to workshops and individual time with instructors. None of this is required. Participants can go hiking or off to write and work on their assignments if they choose. In the evening, from 7:00 to 8:30, all the participants in the Fall Writing Festival gather together for readings by the writers teaching the classes during the week.

Instructor Background: I am currently professor of literature and creative writing in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University and the founding director of the RCAH Center for Poetry. I am also the series editor for Wheelbarrow Books, and imprint of the MSU Press. This year will be my 22nd year of teaching in the Fall Writing Festival. I’m the author of 6 books of poetry and have published in numerous literary magazines. In 2015 I was named a William J. Beale Outstanding Faculty Member at Michigan State.

Provided Materials: Handouts for class discussions and assignments.

What to Bring: Writing implements of your choice, paper, a computer and printer, if you can travel with them, but not required. Whatever inspired you to sit down, or wander around, and be creative.

FAQs: Q: Do I have to have writing experience? A: No.

Q: Do I have to know what the prose poem and flash fiction are? A: No.

Q: Do I have to share my writing with others? A: No, but I hope/think you will want to.

Q: Do I have to do my homework? A: No, but I hope/think you will want to.

Q:What if I don’t know anyone in the class? A: You will have many new friends by the time you go home.

Recommended Resources: Read some favorite poem and stories in the weeks before you come. Get the voices of other writers swirling around in your head.

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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