University of Iowa

Mieke Eerkens

Mieke Eerkens is a Dutch-American writer who grew up between Los Angeles and The Netherlands. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in English from the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Magid Center Undergraduate Writing Program and currently teaches creative writing for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Pen America, Pank, Guernica, and Creative Nonfiction, among others. Her work has further been anthologized in Best Travel Writing 2011; Norton’s Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts; and A Book of Uncommon Prayer, selected as a “notable essay” in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015, and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. All Ships Follow Me, a book about her parents’ experiences in WWII and the inheritance of war trauma, is forthcoming from Picador.

Instructor Events

Weekend June 15 to June 16 2019
Instructor(s): 
Mieke Eerkens

Shopping list as short story. Death certificate as personal narrative. Map as manifesto. Where once writers were expected to stay inside genre lines and adhere firmly to traditional presentation of their material, contemporary writers increasingly challenge these rigid notions, insisting that the thoughtful exploration of a subject can be enhanced by a complementary form to add additional layers of meaning. Today’s prose might therefore borrow the formats of poetry or drama to most effectively make its point.

Weeklong June 16 to June 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Mieke Eerkens

From photojournalism, to graphic novels and memoirs, to narrative cartography, the contemporary literary arts are increasingly hybridized, borrowing from other media and unconcerned with crossing categorical boundaries. Visual artists are incorporating language into their work, and writers are incorporating visual components into their work. This course will focus on the interesting ways in which image and language can work together. We will examine the increasingly popular genre of graphic novels and nonfiction.

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019
Instructor(s): 
Mieke Eerkens

This fun weekend course promises to stock you with enough fresh material for 10 essays, stories, or even a book to flesh out over the months following the class. In an invigorating, supportive, no-pressure environment, we’ll use tested and effective writing prompts to get some beginnings down on paper for further development when you go home. We’ll have some time to discuss and share some of our work each day and get some feedback on how to proceed with the work we’ve generated, as well as get a list of prompts to generate new material at home.