University of Iowa

Anjali Sachdeva

Anjali Sachdeva’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Yale Review, Creative Nonfiction, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa, Augustana College, and Carnegie Mellon University, and now teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. She also worked for six years at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, where she was Director of Educational Programs. Her short story collection, All the Names They Used for God, was published in February by Spiegel & Grau (Penguin Random House) and named a must-read book for 2018 by and AM New York. You can read samples of her work at  

Instructor Events

Weekend June 23 to June 24 2018

Literary magazines are the first place of publication for many writers, and publishing work in a lit mag can be great preparation and publicity for an upcoming book. But many authors have no idea how a literary magazine works, what the editors want to see, or how to collaborate with an editor once a piece is accepted for publication.

Weeklong June 24 to June 29 2018

In this workshop, participants will write a complete short story in five days. Come armed with a character sketch, concept, or brief plot outline that you’d like to explore through fiction, and we’ll work together to craft the first draft of a story by the end of the week. (To be clear, this could simply be an idea for a story that can be expressed in a couple of sentences, so don’t despair if you’re signing up at the last minute; there will be plenty of time to adjust and refine your idea as the week progresses).