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February 7, 2024 6:00–8:00 pm
Duke Arts House 2010 Campus Drive
Creative Writing

Flash Fiction

Taught by Shelbi Polk

About the Workshop

In this session, we’ll go through every step of a flash fiction writing process. From warm up prompts to writing time and a plan for how/where to submit your stories. We’re focusing on micro and flash fiction (stories from 50-1000 words), which offer a great set of boundaries for new writers and constraints for experienced writers. This workshop is appropriate for any level of writer, whether you’re looking to try out fiction writing for the first time or just need a group to write with, but we will spend a good amount of time talking about elementary writing and submitting principles on either end of our writing time. (Please bring a notebook or computer to write on! We will provide some notebooks and writing utensils.)

About the instructor

Shelbi Polk is a writer and artist who has been embroidering since her childhood in Texas. She studied literature and actually gets to use that knowledge, both in her freelance writing career and in her fiber arts practice, where she creates works that draw on her love of ancient archetypes. Shelbi moved to North Carolina for a fellowship at the News & Observer in 2018, and she’s been haunting Durham coffee shops ever since.


About this location

This workshop will meet in the Duke Arts House: Address: 2010 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27701

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).