Press Makes Diamonds: A Flash Nonfiction Workshop

New Jersey, United States

Mar 25 - Apr 22, 2024


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Online, March 25 - April 22, 2024

Each Monday, 6:00-8:00pm EDT

Limited to 12 participants. Led by Sienna Zeilinger.

The momentum of flash nonfiction comes from its constraints, from the way its small word count pressurizes what might otherwise sprawl. In this five-week online workshop, we’ll explore what kinds of risks the flash form allows us to take, and how we can take those risks in the service of rendering our memoirs and essays even more urgent. Together, we’ll engage with a diverse set of readings and generative prompts to inform our in-class writing and discussions of voice, structure and plot in flash nonfiction. Participants will also workshop at least one new piece in an inclusive, lighthearted environment. Beginning and experienced writers are welcome.

Presented by Murphy Writing of Stockton University.


Featured Writers Include:

Sienna Zeilinger is an editor at Alien Magazine and Autofocus and a features reader for The Rumpus. Her nonfiction has been published in The Cincinnati Review, CutBank, Real Life, Passages North and elsewhere, and was recognized with the Montana Prize in 2022. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden and has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.


Creative nonfiction


New Jersey, United States

Murphy Writing of Stockton University

Murphy Writing of Stockton University offers programs in the US and abroad to help writers develop their craft. When writers immerse themselves in these challenging and supportive workshops and an encouraging community, they often make breakthroughs in their art. The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, founded in 1994, is the flagship program, attracting more than 200 poets and writers from across the country each year. In 2014, Murphy Writing became part of Stockton University.

Our Participants Say it Best

"The Getaway was exactly what I needed to recharge as a writer and start the year off on the right foot. From the supportive community to the hotel’s friendly atmosphere, I left feeling inspired. Now I can't wait to get back to work on the many projects I've lined up for myself. I only wish the Getaway could last all year!" ~ Cate, Pittsburgh, PA

Our Philosophy

Advance your craft and energize your writing with our challenging and supportive workshops. Write with us wherever you are and take advantage of inspiring craft discussions, dedicated writing time, insightful feedback and an encouraging community.

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