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Tell Me a Little Story

Jul 2
Jul 2
2:00 - 4:00 PM CST
Natalie Lima
Online via Zoom
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Can you tell a story in under 1,000 words? As flash fiction and CNF have grown in popularity, it's taught us that a fully immersive story can be told quickly, without much space.

In this two-hour intensive, we'll read very short fiction and nonfiction, including award-winning work, in literary journals that publish flash prose. Through these readings and writing prompts, we'll see how the limited parameters give us an opportunity to focus on each and every line, and to be intentional in our choices when it comes to raising the stakes.

Natalie Lima is a Cuban-Puerto Rican writer, and a graduate of the MFA program in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona. Her essays and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Longreads, Guernica, Brevity, The Offing, Catapult and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from PEN America Emerging Voices, the Tin House Workshops, the VONA/Voices Workshop, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and a residency from Hedgebrook in 2020. Her work has been included in Best Small Fictions, Best American Essays (Notable), and Best Online Essays by Entropy Magazine. Currently, Natalie is working on a collection of essays about sex and dating, and life as plus-size millennial woman. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @NatalieLima09.

What Our Students Say

"Natalie's workshop reflected who she is as a person! Full of knowledge, darkness + light, with tons of humor and patience with the process. I'm so glad I attended. I cannot wait to watch her journey unfold! THANK YOU."

"I have been a fan of Natalie's writing for a long time, so I signed up for her class the moment I heard about it—it did not disappoint. Natalie is a generous, engaging instructor who really finds the balance between generative prompts and bringing readings to class that illustrate the lesson. I felt comfortable pushing myself outside of my boundaries in a safe supportive environment. I would love to take another class with Natalie."

"Natalie is a beautiful gift. She selects perfect pieces that expand my view of the world and inspire me to create from an honest, authentic space."

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