University of Iowa

Maxine Swann

Maxine Swann is the author of three novels, Flower Children, Serious Girls, and The Foreigners. She has received a Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters for “recent writing in book form that merits recognition for the quality of its prose style” and her stories have been featured in The Best American Short Stories, O’Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, and the series Selected Shorts. Her New York Times Magazine article “The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble” was chosen for Longform’s ”Most Entertaining of 2013,” and is currently being adapted into a feature film by FilmRites. She has taught creative writing at Barnard College in New York, in the M.F.A. Program at Queens University of Charlotte and at The Walrus School in Buenos Aires. Born in Pennsylvania, she has been living in Buenos Aires since 2001 and is a founding editor of the bilingual cultural magazine The Buenos Aires Review.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 16 to June 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Maxine Swann

In one moment your character is a blurry outline on the page and in the next she comes vividly alive. How and why does this happen? And how can you learn as a writer to make it happen again and again?

 

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019
Instructor(s): 
Maxine Swann

Good writing is the fruit of both the conscious and the unconscious minds. Sometimes we forget this. We privilege the intellect; we think that if we just think hard enough we can “figure this out.” Our hand grows stiff, our writing forced. In fact, much of our best work is produced when we’re looking the other way.