University of Iowa

Author as Architect: Radical Revision of Fiction and Nonfiction

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019

A novel, story, memoir, or essay—whatever form you choose—is a three-dimensional space the reader enters upon reading the first word. At least, it should be. We get stuck when we see our work as words on a page, and the revision process suffers from this flat approach. Come to this class with a problematic chapter, story, or essay, and be prepared to re-see your work, to discover overlooked possibilities, to reinvigorate your passion, to take a flat piece of writing and raze it, and then raise it—like the walls of a beautiful structure that envelop your reader in place, idea, image, heart, mind, wholeness.


In this workshop we will generate new writing through guided exercises and prompts; provide feedback on writing you bring from home or produce in our weekend.  

Hybrid Forms
Short Story