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Flash Nonfiction and Prose Poetry

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.

Lee Chilcote lives in a 1900 Victorian in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, Katherine, and their three children. He has worked as a community organizer, real estate developer, writer and teacher. He holds degrees from Oxford University and Cleveland State University. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Next City, and numerous literary journals and his chapbook of poems, The Shape of Home, was published in March by Finishing Line Press. He is cofounder and director of Literary Cleveland.‚Äč Learn more about Lee at

Flash Nonfiction and Prose Poetry takes place 7/9, 7/16, & 7/23 from 6:30-8:30p at Lakewood United Methodist Church 15700 Detroit Ave. Lakewood OH 44107.

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