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Southern Oregon Online: Writing and Marketing Short Pieces with Sheila Bender

May 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sheila Bender at Southern Oregon

Flash nonfiction, flash fiction and flash series have gained traction in the publishing and literary worlds over the last years with iStories, New York Times Tiny Love Stories, Brevity, A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, and anthologies such as Flash Fiction Funny, Flash Nonfiction Funny and You Have Time for This. The form, you may recognize, has been around for decades, even centuries, though not named flash.

If you’ve been wondering about short pieces and how to get them published and marketed, join us at our online chapter meeting with author Sheila Bender.

Sheila will discuss some of her favorite work from many sources and exercises for developing one’s own flash pieces, sometimes by taking a scene from a longer piece of work. She will share an updated list of venues looking for this genre and how to find out about more of them. Learning how to shape flash helps all authors learn the art of compression and writing tight.

Join us for our virtual ZOOM meeting from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and get flashy for the sake of practice in the genre, publishing, and increasing your craft for longer projects.! You’ll be surprised at how deep and evocative short writing (25-1500 words) can be, how much it keeps a reader in the scene and in the story.

About Sheila Bender

Sheila BenderSheila Bender is the founder of WritingItReal.com, a website dedicated to facilitating those who write from personal experience in creative nonfiction, memoir, short fiction, poetry and flash. She has taught for the Centrum Foundation Port Townsend Writers Conference and The Writers’ Workshoppe in her home town of Port Townsend, WA as well as for writer’s conferences, centers, colleges and universities in Seattle, Portland, Tucson, Mendocino, and Tuscany, among other locations.

This is her second guest lecture for Southern Oregon Writers. Her published work includes Creative Writing DyMistified from McGraw-Hill, the prose memoir A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief from Imago Press and the poetry collection Behind Us the Way Grows Wider, also from Imago. You can learn more about her work at [https://writingitreal.com/]

Details for joining online

This meeting requires a password, which will be posted here one hour before the meeting.

You can join us on your phone or on your computer. You do not need to have video, but it is helpful if you do. Log in a little early – sometimes it takes a second to load the online meeting on Zoom.

You can click the link below on your computer or your smartphone to join. It will open an application:


You can also phone call in to this number, and enter the meeting ID (you do not have a participant ID):

Phone number:




Meeting ID:

933 4364 5291

New to Zoom?

If you are new to Zoom you can go to a test meeting at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-Joining-a-Test-Meeting.

See you online!


May 2, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Portland, OR United States