Join December 4X4CLT featured poet Beth Ann Fennelly for a master class on shorter writing forms. Open to all writers.
The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly forward, backward, sideways, and, for short distances, upside down—that’s why it’s the symbol of the American Helicopter Society! Hummingbirds can do things other birds can’t do precisely because they are so small. In this class, we’ll look at tiny texts and learn what can be accomplished in a small space that can’t be accomplished in a bigger one. What can we learn by radically shifting scale? How can attention to the tiniest literary creations challenge and inspire us? In this class Beth Ann will suggest ten things that a writer can learn from writing word-hummingbirds such as the monostich, the 6-word memoir, the one-sentence essay, micro-memoirs, hint fiction, flash fiction, and one minute plays. After looking at some twentieth-century examples, we’ll attempt to create one—or a few—ourselves.