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The Art of Compression: A Class in Flash Fiction with Dawn Raffel (Sold Out)


2 Online Sessions

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Wednesday & Saturday June 8 to June 11, 2022

Online via Zoom

This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email

Meeting Dates:
Wednesday & Saturday, 6/8 & 6/11
6-9pm ET (6/8), 11am – 2pm ET (6/11)

What can a writer learn from compression? In a word, everything. Short works allow us to examine in a granular way how we make art out of language. Every great work, no matter its length, issues out of precision–of language, of structure, of vision and voice. In the first session, we’ll discuss sentence-making, voice, and structure, with specific examples, in an interactive format. We’ll end with a few prompts from which to chose. In the second session, we’ll share work that we’ve created, look at strategies for refining the work (including titles), and consider the ways that short pieces can be layered into longer narratives. The door is open to innovation and suggestion, to language, to mystery and to surprise.

Capacity: 20


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    Dawn Raffel

    Dawn Raffel

    Dawn Raffel is the author of five books, including two collections of very short stories and a memoir in vignettes. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, New Philosopher, the San Francisco Chronicle, Conjunctions, Open City, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfictions, and numerous anthologies. She has taught at The Center for Fiction, Summer Literary Seminars, and Columbia University. Her sixth book, Boundless as the Sky, will be published in January 2023.