The University of Iowa

11th Hour Lectures

The Eleventh Hour Lecture Series

The Eleventh Hour Series is comprised of hour-long presentations at 11:00 a.m. each weekday of the Festival. The series features issues of special interest to writers, including aspects of craft, process, the writing life, and publishing. Recent talks have included “The Writer as Witness,” “Transforming Life into Writing,” “Edit Like a Zen Master,” “Sending Work to Literary Magazines,” “The Video Essay,” and “How Poets See the World: The Art of Description.”

The Eleventh Hour features a different presenter each day. Specific descriptions are posted on this website when the Festival opens in June. The Eleventh Hour is free and open to the public as well as Festival participants.





To listen to podcasts of past lectures, visit The Writing University at

The Eleventh Hour podcast features recordings of illuminating craft talks from the renown writers, novelists, poets, and essayists who present in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival's Eleventh Hour Lecture Series.