University of Iowa

Enhancing the Essay: Making Memoir Do More

Weekend June 15 to June 16 2019

Creative nonfiction is about more than what happened. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to enhance essays, memoirs, and other forms of narrative nonfiction by using techniques that deepen our prose’s significance and resonance. We’ll take inspiration from a capacious range of essays, as well as from fiction, poetry, and other arts. Participants will complete new writing activities, receive feedback about past work they wish to share (optional), and discuss published works by diverse writers. Together, we’ll consider how the stories we tell can lead us to further insightsand more meaningful forms of telling. This workshop should be useful for writers who wish to start a new nonfiction project or to take a current project in new directions.


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

Hybrid Forms