Late Summer Shorts: 14 Flash Prompts in 14 Days
Dates: September 19 - October 2
Instructors: Susie Meserve and Rachel Sarah
Format: Slack platform
This group offers writing inspiration and motivation at the end of the summer. “Flash" is just what it sounds like—you can write it in a flash. Some people call these "short-shorts" or "micro stories.” What about prose poems? Your choice. Come write one page a day (350 words or fewer) in a supportive community.
On September 19th, you’ll come up with a concrete writing goal for the following two weeks, whether it's to write 14 short shorts, prose poems, or hybrid forms. You could even commit to 14 paragraphs of a short story or the novel you’ve been struggling to finish.
Susie and Rachel will post a daily prompt on Slack to motivate you and help you get words down on the page or screen. Sharing is optional but encouraged!
Susie Meserve is a poet, essayist, and college writing instructor. Her debut poetry collection, Little Prayers, won a Blue Light Book Award from Blue Light Press and was published in 2018.
Susie is also the author of the chapbook Faith (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Her poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Gulf Coast, Salamander, Indiana Review, and more. She lives in Berkeley, where she was a 2021 City of Berkeley Civic Arts Grantee.
Rachel Sarah is an author and a journalist in Berkeley, CA (unceded Ohlone land) whose most recent book is GIRL WARRIORS: How 25 Young Activists are Saving the Earth (2021, Chicago Review Press). Her next book CLIMATE CHAMPIONS: 15 Women Fighting for Your Future, will be out in March of 2023.
Rachel is also a 2022 Kiplinger Fellow in the Public Affairs Journalism’s class in climate reporting. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Yahoo, and more. She's one of the founding editors of Literary Mama.