University of Iowa

Five-Day MFA: Fiction Writing Workshop

Weeklong July 22 to July 27 2018

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 made connections with fellow writers that may continue beyond your time in Iowa.


This workshop is open to short story writers and novelists at all levels of experience.

Short Story