WordTango's Weekend Flash™ with Lee Martin
In this workshop you will mine your memories to write a piece of creative nonfiction in one weekend. Pulitzer Prize Finalist author Lee Martin will guide you through creating a fresh work of flash.
Our generative class follows our popular two-day weekend format. On day one, Lee Martin presents an online written lecture and writing prompt to familiarize you with concepts and get you writing. On day two, the online lecture builds on the material from day one, and further prompts hone and shape work in progress. Throughout the class, discussion threads are open to give you an opportunity to share work with your peers. By the end of the weekend, you will walk away with a new piece of flash and a new skills for your writers' toolbox.
Lee Martin is the Pulitzer Prize Finalist author of The Bright Forever, and four other novels: Quakertown, River of Heaven, Break the Skin, and Late One Night. His other books are the memoirs, Such a Life, From Our House, and Turning Bones; and the short story collection, The Least You Need to Know. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper’s, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, where he was the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.
-Biography taken from leemartinauthor.com. Follow the link to learn more.
Praise for Our Class
I was thrilled to come away from WordTango's Weekend Flash with Lee Martin with a solid new piece of CNF flash. Day one got us started with a very informative lecture and a specific prompt. Day two's lecture gave us step-by-step ways to revise our drafts. Plus, Lee was very generous with his comments for improvements. And WordTango's host site was very user friendly. I always enjoy the classes they sponsor.
Bravo to Lee Martin and the team at WordTango for packing a semester’s worth of tips into a weekend workshop on flash CNF. Martin’s insightful lectures, prompts to get the juices flowing, and personal feedback are gifts that I’m sure will keep on giving as I try my hand at the little gems this genre can produce.
-Mary Ann McGuigan
Creative non-fiction flash is a new world to me so I was excited to sign up for the WordTango class led by Lee Martin. His writing exercises, comments, and questions inspire you to think and write, then hone in on the essential elements of the story. I found the invaluable advice applicable to all writing whether non-fiction or fiction. An added bonus was participating with fellow writers in a wonderfully positive and supportive environment. Their skill and enthusiasm provided unexpected motivation. I am thrilled with the education I received in the 2.5-day course and strongly recommend the class.
WordTango's Weekend Flash with Lee Martin was amazing. Lee Martin led us through the steps of Flash CNF with wisdom, respect, and encouragement. He made the course accessible for novice AND veteran writers--scaffolding us along as we built our stories. It was extremely useful for fiction writers as well, for his prompting unearthed stories filled with the moral complexities that make characters, real or imagined, unforgettable. Thanks WordTango for facilitating this great weekend of writing with Lee Martin. He is a master craftsman and he tells great jokes to boot!
WordTango's Weekend Flash with Lee Martin exceeded my expectations. He gave us great prompts, and what really impressed me was how perceptively he read our essays. In mine—and I saw Lee do this over and over in classmates' work—he praised what was working while pinpointing a few places that might work better. When I followed his advice, I was amazed at what a difference his suggestions made. My classmates provided a fun support and feedback network as well. After two days of stimulating writing and collaboration, I left with a spiffy new essay and several new friends. I'm grateful to WordTango and Lee Martin.
WordTango's Weekend Flash with Lee Martin was just what I needed. I prefer writing fiction partly because I have a difficult time finding the arc of stories from my own life. Through Lee's lectures and writing prompts, his subtle and on-point critiques of early drafts, and great feedback from other workshop participants I found a way to slide sideways into telling a story from my childhood that gets across emotional baggage I've carried for years, all in 750words. I plan on using Lee's techniques for writing more stories from my past.
WordTango's approach of dividing workshop participants into small groups allowed me to focus my reading and providing feedback to a manageable number of people so I never felt overwhelmed or overloaded.