S157. The Most Versatile Essay: Flash Nonfiction in Any/Every Classroom

D133-134, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Even the most reluctant-to-write students take to flash essays. Drawn to their economy, they're won over by the urgency and potency of the form. From the academy to the incarcerated, beginners to advanced, flash nonfiction is a boon to writers of all stripes, and a vital part of teaching in the technological age. Panelists will discuss the versatility of the form, successful teaching strategies, prompts, exercises, and go-to resources from a range of educational settings and pedagogical perspectives.


Sayantani Dasgupta is the author of Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, & the In-Between, finalist for the 2016 Foreword Indies Award; and the chapbook The House of Nails: Memories of a New Delhi Childhood. She edits nonfiction for Crab Creek Review, and she has taught in India, Italy, Mexico, and the US.

Brian Benson is the author of the memoir ​Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America.​ He teaches creative nonfiction at Portland’s​ ​Attic Institute and facilitates free Write Around Portland workshops in prisons, schools, and affordable housing.

Allison K Williams's work has appeared on/in NPR's The Moth and Snap Judgment, CBC's Love Me and DNTO, the Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times, with flash essays in Kenyon Review, The Drum, and Brevity. She serves as social media editor for Brevity. idowords.net

Anna Vodicka’s essays appear in AFAR, Brevity, Guernica, Harvard Review, the Iowa Review, Longreads, Paste, Best Women's Travel Writing, and other journals and anthologies. She is a Vermont Studio Center Fellow and Hedgebrook alumna, and teaches at Seattle's Hugo House and the King County jail.

Celeste Chan teaches creative writing to LGBTQ youth with Queer Ancestors Project and coordinates QTPOC Free School. A Hedgebrook, Lambda, and VONA fellow, she works across prose, poetry, flash nonfiction, and oral history projects. For ten years, she toured work internationally with Queer Rebels.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center