University of Iowa

Make It Strange--A Generative Workshop

Weeklong July 14 to July 19 2019

Whether fiction or memoir or something in between, many powerful works of literature are strange—structured in a fractured, fragmented, nonlinear style. In this class, we will read and write a lot. We will experiment with forms, styles, approaches to time, place, structure, point-of-view and character, finding new and strange ways to tell (and retell) a story. Through in class writing prompts, we will construct a series of short pieces. Using models of contemporary fiction and nonfiction writers, we will read and discuss the ways that the gaps, the spaces between text, might propel narrative, expand character, and create a world. This class is open to writers of all genres and all levels of experience.


In this workshop we will generate new writing through guided exercises and prompts.

All Genres
Hybrid Forms
Short Story