Summer 2019: Writing Miniatures


Summer 2019: Writing Miniatures


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June 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington.
Instructor: Quinn Gancedo
For writers at all levels
Limited to 10 students

In her essay “On Miniatures”, Lia Purpura writes “The miniature, a working, functioning,complete world unto itself, is not merely a “small” or “brief” thing or a “shortened” form of something larger. Minatures transcend their size, like small-but-vicious dogs; dense chunks of fudge, espresso, a drop of mercury, parasite.” In this course students will try their hand at composing a variety of their own exceedingly small but hyper-potent texts. Through brief readings and discussions we will become familiar with a broad range of miniature literary forms—from Baudelaire’s prose poems to the microfictions of Lydia Davis and the compressed essays of Renee Gladman. We will in turn use these examples as the basis for small prose works of our own. Participants will leave the class with a handful of complete short prose pieces, a toolbox of exercises for future writing, and a newfound appreciation for all things tiny.

Quinn Gancedo is a writer and educator originally from Los Angeles. He has taught writing at the California Institute of the Arts and in various community arts settings. In 2017 he was an artist-in-residence at the REEF in Downtown LA. Quinn’s fiction and poetry can be found in Diagram, Tammy, 3:AM, Potluck Mag, and elsewhere.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman. To apply, email Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at with your name, contact information, and list three classes in order of preference. Please note that preference is not guaranteed. All scholarships are subject to availability.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting.