The University of Iowa

Five-Day MFA: A Fiction Writing Workshop

Weeklong July 19 to July 24 2020

Writing can be a solitary and frustrating endeavor. It’s one reason many writers enroll in MFA creative writing programs: to be part of a vibrant literary scene. Of course, not everyone can drop everything to pursue a multi-year MFA. 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.


In our first meeting, you’ll submit a short story or novel chapter. Then, over the course of our week together, we’ll engage in extended discussions of each writer’s submission, offering thorough and thoughtful feedback as a way of challenging each other and ourselves. We’ll also do short readings and generative writing exercises, inspired by the pieces submitted. 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 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