Courses & Faculty



Betsye Caughey

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.

Betsye Caughey, an Ithaca native, holds MA degrees in both Literature and History; she is currently pursuing a PhD in Comparative Literature wherein she focuses on interested such as Urban Studies and Gender Studies. She teaches Writing at Ithaca College and English as Tompkins Cortland Community College as well as volunteering with the Cornell Prison Initiative. In her work, Betsye combines her love for reading and writing with her passions for accessible, quality education for all.