The University of Iowa

Learning to Layer: Using Clarity and Depth to Enhance Your Writing

Weekend July 18 to July 19 2020

I believe good writing is not a talent that you must be born with, but an ability that you can cultivate. Layering is an effective tool that can help you improve your writing. During the weekend, participants will create new writing and/or enhance current writing through several layering exercises. The goal is to develop various skills involving the power of words, the intensity of language, and the relevance of imagery. In this workshop, layering will enable you to explore structural elements like clarity and depth which are crucial to good writing. The course can help new as well as established authors in fiction or nonfiction to enrich their narrative proficiency and expand their writing gift.


In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments; critique writing you bring from home; provide feedback on writing you produce in our weekend.

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