University of Iowa

Hugh Ferrer

Hugh Ferrer (M.F.A. in fiction, The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop) is a senior editor at The Iowa Review and the associate director of The University of Iowa International Writing Program. He has taught a variety of courses at The University of Iowa, introducing undergraduates to fiction writing, international literature, journal publishing, and Iowa City’s literary culture.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 09 to June 14 2019
Instructor(s): 
Hugh Ferrer

Between contemporary fiction and creative nonfiction, there is no hard border, and both forms teem with morally ambiguous situations, judgment-free (or unreliable, or multiple) narrators, and complex characters. In both, it is common to leave the reader to decide what the story means. Themes are suggested, not imposed; and moral emotions may be awoken, but not necessarily resolved. Surprisingly, an open-ended coherence seems to suit many modern readers just fine—they want to be moved without being preached at.

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019
Instructor(s): 
Hugh Ferrer

Plot and character may drive the action in most fiction, but time-management and “camerawork” are crucial for enriching the story and drawing a reader in. This weekend session is open to all levels, but will be particularly useful for writers who feel comfortable with the basics and are looking for techniques to make their storytelling more dynamic, dynamic because time-management and camerawork thrive on variation, as much as on consistency.

Weeklong June 23 to June 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Hugh Ferrer

This generative workshop is for poets and writers who wish to create vivid, poignant, emotionally memorable imagery. The week will cover a wealth of material: poetry and storytelling since forever have been exploring new ways to be the opposite of boring, and we’ll be poring over examples from the ancient to the modern, across all genres, to find inspiration and technical guidance.