THE THIN LINE: Prose Poems and Flash Fiction with Albert DeGenova
870 Main Rd.
Washington Island, WI 54246
United States of America
Both forms — prose poetry and short short fiction — require close attention to language, imagery, and sound. There are certainly similarities. This workshop will explore the thin line between the two forms with examples and short exercises. Let’s raid the borders of poetry and prose. In flash fiction there are visual immersions, or abstract and unexpected connections. All this feels a lot like poetry — and yet, flash differs from poetry because at the heart of each flash fiction is a story, a small narrative that takes the reader into a whole world. But what about works that are generally accepted as prose poems and yet have a narrative? This workshop intends to create a sense of where to find which side of the line a work resides in, whether intentional by the writer or not.
Al DeGenova is a writer, poet, teacher and marketing professional from the Chicago area. He has written four books, founded After Hours Press, and is co-editor of After Hours magazine, a journal of Chicago Writing and art. He has taught several workshops for Write On, Door County and teaches an annual summer writing class (originally the Norbert Blei Writing Workshop) at The Clearing Folk School; he has also taught in the MBA program at Concordia University in River Forest, IL.