University of Iowa

Cecile Goding

Cecile Goding (M.F.A., The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop; M.F.A., The University of Iowa Program in Nonfiction Writing) comes from Florence, South Carolina. She has worked for adult literacy nonprofits, English departments, libraries, polyester mills, computer companies, neighborhood centers, and a Saudi Arabian prince. Her poems, essays, and short fiction appear in literary journals, books, and newspapers; on screens of all sizes; and around town.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 08 to July 13 2018

Poet and fiction writer David Huddle trusts in the power of memory. While some writers warn us to avoid writing the thinly-disguised, autobiographical story, or the confessional poem, Huddle encourages us to shape the events that shaped us.

Weekend July 21 to July 22 2018

Oh, we all have them: those well-trodden stories that are trotted out at reunions, at holiday dinners, after weddings and burials. The WWII memories, the “remember that day” memories, the “there-was-that-one-guy” tales—anecdotes we can’t help ourselves from telling, or hearing one more time. During this weekend, we will revisit the anecdote. We will ask questions of this form. Why that day? Why that person?