University of Iowa

From Memory to Art

Weeklong June 24 to June 29 2018

This workshop will begin with life experience, but we’ll use what we remember as a springboard for imaginative verbal adventures. The moment we give our attention to form, whether that be in the music and repetition we associate with poetry or the structure and narrative progression we associate with fiction, what we thought was only a memory can take on new and unexpected life. We’ll use the writing process itself to discover what in our experience is calling for our attention as writers, and we’ll explore ways of seeing how memory can feed the imagination rather than limit it. This workshop is especially suited for those who like to write in short forms, but we’ll try different approaches to our subjects so that everyone will be able to find an avenue that leads in the most rewarding direction. The course will include in-class handouts and both in-class and out-of-class writing exercises. Open to all levels of writing experience.


Short Story