University of Iowa

Marilyn Abildskov

Marilyn Abildskov (M.F.A., The University of Iowa) is the author of The Men in My Country. She is the recipient of honors from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Djerassi Writing Residency, and the Utah Arts Council. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, StoryQuarterly, AGNI, Southern Review, Epoch, Best American Essays 2018, and elsewhere. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches in the M.F.A. Program at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Instructor Events

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019
Instructor(s): 
Marilyn Abildskov

In this weekend course, we will look at texts that break rules: essays that read like short stories, short stories that sound like poems, prose poems that make a reader rethink what words like “poem” and “essay” and “story” mean. We will look at texts that play with borrowed forms (recipes, how-to lists, and wedding vows) and texts that push traditional boundaries of time, creating new portals into old subjects.

Weeklong June 23 to June 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Marilyn Abildskov

“Can it be that I am the subject?” the writer Elizabeth Hardwick asks in Sleepless Nights. In this course, the answer is yes. You will be the subject, shaping the raw material of your life onto the page. To do so is nothing new. Writers throughout the ages have drawn on their lives, some in small measure and some to a greater degree. But often those stories hid behind the veil of “fiction” while “memoir” remained the domain of older men looking back on public lives.