Courses & Faculty

Jerry Mirskin

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 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.

Jerry Mirskin received his Ph.D. in English/Composition Theory from University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also holds an M.F.A. in English/Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton and B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia. He teaches Poetry, Composition Theory, Personal Essay, Creative Flash Fiction and Nonfiction, and Writing From Cultural Experience at Ithaca College. He has won several literary awards, and several of his poems have been anthologized. His poetry collections, Crepuscular Non Driveway (2014), In Flagrante Delicto (2008), and Picture a Gate Hanging Open and Let that Gate be the Sun (2002) are available from Mammoth Books.