Basic Info
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Essay
  • Short Story
  • Memoir
  • Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender

Exploring, observing, collecting, and noting are as important to poets and authors as the act of writing itself. In this generative week, we’ll explore Iowa City’s cultural and natural resources—including parks, cemeteries, libraries and museums—hone our powers of observation, and make new work based on what we discover about the world and ourselves through the process. We’ll look at the observational work of poets, writers, and essayists and discuss how observation becomes craft. This class welcomes writers of any genre and at any level. Expect to make five (or more!) new works during the week. You will also have the opportunity to share what you write with the class.

Margaret Chapman


Margaret Patton Chapman is the author of a novella-in-flash, Bell and Bargain, published in 2014 as part of the collection My Very End of the Universe. Her very short fiction has appeared in Wigleaf, The Collagist, Smokelong, and the anthology The Way We Sleep, among others, and her music and arts reporting has been published in the Independent Weekly and the Austin Chronicle. She received her M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and taught writing as a Visiting Professor at Indiana University South Bend. She is prose editor for decomP magazine and lives in Durham, NC. Find more of her work at