University of Iowa

Paula Morris

Paula Morris is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist of Māori and English descent, from New Zealand. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches creative writing at the University of Auckland, and at schools and in community programmes around the world. Paula is the founder of the Academy of New Zealand Literature (www.anzliterature.com), and sits on the Māori Literature Trust. She has appeared at festivals in North America, Europe, China, India, South Africa, the U.K. and New Zealand. She has also held numerous international residencies, including Bellagio in Italy, and was the 2019 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow in France.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 14 to June 19 2020
Instructor(s): 
Paula Morris

This class is for novelists, whatever the genre—realist, comedic, fantasy, historical, crime, or speculative—who have a substantial draft of a book and the desire to make it better.

 

Weekend June 20 to June 21 2020
Instructor(s): 
Paula Morris

Creative nonfiction offers a range of possibilities, from memoir and personal essays to travel or nature writing. How do you make true stories sing on the page? How do you avoid writing in an anecdotal or dry way? How do you use the tools of fiction—writing in scene, creating three-dimensional characters, building a shapely narrative—without distorting what’s real?

 

This class is for a range of backgrounds, whether you’re writing a memoir or trying your hand at this genre for the first time.