The University of Iowa

Kali White VanBaale

Kali White VanBaale is the author of the novels The Good Divide and The Space Between (MGPress as Kali VanBaale), and the forthcoming The Monsters We Make (Crooked Lane Books, June 2020 as Kali White)She’s the recipient of an American Book Award, an Eric Hoffer Book Award, an Independent Publisher’s silver medal for fiction, and a State of Iowa major artist grant among others. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Coachella ReviewThe Chaffey ReviewMidwestern GothicNuméro CinqNowhere Magazine, Poets&Writers, The Writer, The Writers’ Chronicle, and several anthologies. She’s the co-editor of the online micro essay series and print anthology-in-progress The Past Ten, and serves as a volunteer for the PEN America Prison & Justice Writing program. Kali holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a core faculty member of the Lindenwood University M.F.A. Creative Writing Program, where she teaches fiction, nonfiction, and literature. She lives in Iowa with her family. Visit her online at www.kaliwhite.com.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 19 to July 24 2020
Instructor(s): 
Kali White VanBaale

You’ve typed “The End” on the first draft of a novel or memoir in all its messy glory, and now the daunting task of whipping hundreds of pages into fighting shape sits before you. Where to start? Which problem to tackle first, and how? This class is for writers with a working draft of a book-length project (fiction or nonfiction, this course is designed for both) at any stage. The goal of our week is to develop some revision organization and understanding of effective revision strategies through various methods and writing exercises.

Weekend July 25 to July 26 2020
Instructor(s): 
Kali White VanBaale

T.S. Eliot once said, “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” In storytelling, this couldn’t be more true as we face new moments and fresh beginnings over and over whenever we start a new story, a new chapter, or even a new scene. And fresh beginnings mean questions. This class will focus on point of entry in all its forms—prologues, frame narrators, new chapters, new scenes, and false starts, as well as point of entry considerations like handling backstory, transitions, point of view, pacing, and pitfalls.