The University of Iowa

Creative Nonfiction Bootcamp

Weekend June 20 to June 21 2020

Creative nonfiction offers a range of possibilities, from memoir and personal essays to travel or nature writing. How do you make true stories sing on the page? How do you avoid writing in an anecdotal or dry way? How do you use the tools of fiction—writing in scene, creating three-dimensional characters, building a shapely narrative—without distorting what’s real?


This class is for a range of backgrounds, whether you’re writing a memoir or trying your hand at this genre for the first time.


We’ll pack a lot into this weekend intensive: close reading of published samples; a wide range of writing exercises; discussion of research methods; and a hit list of all relevant aspects of art and craft.


In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments; provide feedback on writing you produce in our weekend.