University of Iowa

Five Day MFA: A Fiction Workshop

Weeklong July 21 to July 26 2019

Writing can be a solitary and frustrating endeavor. It’s one reason many writers enroll in M.F.A. creative writing programs: to be part of a vibrant literary scene. Of course, not everyone can drop everything to pursue a multi-year M.F.A. With that in mind, this workshop is designed to give you a concentrated version of the close reading and community you might find in a creative writing graduate program. We’ll engage in intense, extended discussions of each writer’s story (or novel chapter), offering thorough and thoughtful feedback as a way of challenging each other and ourselves. We’ll also do short readings and generative writing exercises throughout the week, based on the pieces class members submit. By the end of our workshop, you’ll have revision ideas for existing work, sketches to evolve into new work, and connections with fellow writers and readers that may continue beyond your time in Iowa.


Writers should be prepared to electronically share one short story—or a self-contained novel chapter or excerpt—with the instructor before our week together begins. This workshop is open to short story writers and novelists at all levels of experience.

Short Story