University of Iowa

Marc Nieson

Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir, Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape, came out from Ice Cube Press in 2016. He’s won a Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and been noted in Best American Essays. He teaches at Chatham University, edits The Fourth River, and is at work on a new novel, Houdini’s Heirs. More at

Instructor Events

Weekend June 16 to June 17 2018

From Melville’s white whale to Walker’s color purple. Cervantes’ windmills to Woolf’s lighthouse. Carver’s cathedral to Basho’s pond. Frost’s forked path to Naipaul’s river bend. We all recognize the precision and poignancy of these metaphors. Those crystalline choices their creators made to deeply and simultaneously etch into our minds both image and meaning.


Weeklong June 17 to June 22 2018

We all have stories inside of us. Stories to tell, to share. In fact, one might argue that we are stories—creating our lives, day to day, every day. One of today’s most exciting writing forms—the personal memoir—is swiftly becoming the narrative option and publishing entry for many writers willing to embark on journeys of self.


Weekend June 23 to June 24 2018

While some writers might aspire to create “timeless” work, you never hear of anyone trying to make their writing “placeless.” Why is that? Without place, are one’s characters and ideas rootless and liable to tip over? What role does setting play beyond mere backdrop or window dressing to truly ground one’s stories or essays or memoir? Is place-based writing regional, or communal?