University of Iowa

Jennifer Colville

Jennifer holds an M.F.A. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. Her stories have appeared in The Literary Review, The Mississippi Review, The Iowa Review, Diagram, and on the Huffington Post. A collection of short stories, “Elegies for Uncanny Girls,” was published by Indiana University Press in 2017. She is the founding editor of PromptPress, a journal for the interplay of visual art and writing. Jennifer has taught at The University of Iowa, San Francisco State, the University of San Francisco, and Coe College. She co-runs the Free Generative Writing Workshops in Iowa City.

Instructor Events

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Jennifer Colville

Imagery in prose is not merely ornamental, it is necessary. Images unite mind and body; they are active nerve cells branching out, sending reverberations, creating networks and structure across the body of a story or essay. In this workshop, we’ll look at how images operate on both primitive and sophisticated levels. We’ll take inspiration from several highly imagistic prose writers—examine the ways in which they use imagery to create interwoven metaphorical refrains, evoke the uncanny, or give a piece its own unconscious undercurrent.