University of Iowa

Beyond Genre: The Art of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, and Horror

Weeklong July 14 to July 19 2019

Not every writer wants to build their own world, but a talent for building memorable worlds is what distinguishes great writers of science fiction, fantasy, magical realism and horror.


This workshop will be a supportive environment in which writers will receive substantive feedback on their works in progress. Writers at all stages are welcome, and we welcome writers working on fiction ranging from short stories to multi-volume epic sagas.


Each writer will submit, at least, the first fifteen to twenty pages of their speculative fiction. These submissions will be the heart of the workshop. In each workshop, we’ll use these submissions to explore the fundamental craft elements, and we’ll delve deep into scene construction, character development, narrative pacing, and, of course, world building. We’ll also discuss finding a literary agent and publication. In the end, writers will leave with the tools necessary to enrich, revise, and share their work. Most of all, we’ll have a lot of fun!


In this workshop we will provide feedback on writing you bring from home.

Short Story
Young Adult