University of Iowa

From Memory to Art: Poems, Prose Poems, Short-Short Fiction

Weeklong June 16 to June 21 2019

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 which avenue will lead in the most rewarding direction. The week will include in-class handouts as well as in-class and out-of-class writing exercises. Open to all levels of writing experience.


In this workshop we will generate new writing through guided exercises and prompts; provide feedback on writing you bring from home or produce in our week.       

All Genres
Hybrid Forms