University of Iowa

Derek Nnuro

Derek Nnuro is a Ghanaian-American fiction writer based in Iowa City. He is a graduate of the fiction program at The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a recipient of the Meta Rosenberg Memorial Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. He was awarded the Robert J. Schulze Fellowship in 2016 and is a recipient of a fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation. He is working on a novel set in Ghana, West Africa; Houston, Texas; and Alexandria, Virginia. He has taught novel writing at The University of Iowa.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 09 to June 14 2019
Instructor(s): 
Derek Nnuro

A common belief among writers is that we can’t know a novel’s appropriate first chapter until we’ve completed a full draft or two of the novel. Only after conceiving the whole does the writer truly know where and how to begin. While this might be the case, it does not mean that we should discard our linearity of thought. More often than not, we start writing from what, at the time, occurs to us as the most appropriate of beginnings.