University of Iowa

Margaret Chapman

Margaret Patton Chapman is the author of a novella-in-flash, Bell and Bargain, published as part of the collection My Very End of the Universe. Her very short fiction has appeared in WigleafThe CollagistSmokelong, and the anthology The Way We Sleep, among others, and her music and arts reporting has been published in the Independent Weekly and the Austin Chronicle. She received her M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and taught writing as a Visiting Professor at Indiana University South Bend. She is prose editor for decomP magazine and lives in Durham, NC. Find more of her work at

Instructor Events

Weekend July 14 to July 15 2018

In this course, which is more seminar than workshop, you’ll learn the basics of novel craft, with a focus on plot, structure, and character. We’ll discuss how authors build and use dramatic tension to compel the story forward; we’ll also cover traps beginning novelists should avoid. This class will be most helpful to writers new to the novel, including beginning writers and writers wanting to attempt a new form.