University of Iowa

Picture This: Exploring and Incorporating Images into Our Writing

Weeklong June 16 to June 21 2019

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. We will look at video essays and poems. We will inspect literary projects that creatively incorporate photography. And we will experiment with incorporating images into our own writing in fun, creative ways, producing material to further develop after our time together. Students may be at any level to benefit from this course, and may either have existing projects they wish to develop, or generate completely new material in class.


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