The Permissions of Brevity: Reimagining Narrative in Short Forms with Tucker Leighty-Phillips
For many, short forms are unnerving: a slim space to create an entire narrative, to build and maintain and disrupt an emotional arc over the course of a few hundred words. However, brevity should be freeing. The investment required to read a flash piece or short poem is minimal, allowing many readers to trust and follow even the most experimental, disorienting, and wondrous of narratives, knowing that the experience is fleeting, the payoff inevitable. In this course, we will examine the permission given by brevity, interrogating alternative possibilities of narrative, generating new work and sharing our experiments with one another. Together we will read pieces from Ana Maria Shua, K-Ming Chang, Joy Williams, Shivani Mehta, Renee Gladman, Amelia Gray, Michael Martone, and a variety of other writers who are exploring the possibilities of narrative. We will read, discuss, and perform writing exercises. This course will encourage collaboration and invention as we write twenty-word stories with fifty-word titles, make monsters and new myths, and literally rewrite history together.
Pay-what-you-can admission includes 1.5-hour Zoom sessions on Friday at 7 p.m. & Saturday/Sunday at 4 p.m. (ET).
About the Instructor
Tucker Leighty-Phillips is a writer from Southeastern Kentucky. His work has been featured in Adroit Journal, Wigleaf, Passages North, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Arizona State University. His website is TuckerLP.net.