Courses & Faculty

FLASH FLASH
Linda Godfrey

This two-hour, one-time-only craft class is available to students who select the "craft" option for their afternoon track.

This new genre, which exists on the border between personal essay or fiction and poetry, has rapidly taken hold in Contemporary American writing. Flash writers are storytellers whose delight in narrative can fill a page, but also whose intuitions and insights occur suddenly like Haiku. This is a strong choice for writers who want to develop their own style and voice and  enjoy the compression and tension of poetry, but also the expressive and narrative potential of a slightly longer form. Typical Flash pieces are about 300-700 words. They exist on the page like portraits or murals, but move like short film. If you like to tell stories from your real lived experience, Flash Creative Nonfiction is a genre that will allow you to build on skills you’ve practiced in poetry, fiction, and/or personal essay.

Linda Godfrey lives in Ithaca, N.Y., where she has taught in the Department of Writing since 1987. She earned her B.A. in English from St. Lawrence University and her M.F.A. in fiction from Cornell University. She can often be found in her favorite library, reading, grading, writing, or just staring out the window at the vista below: Lake Cayuga, East Hill, West Hill, Fall Creek and Cascadilla Gorges.