University of Iowa

Sands Hall

Sands Hall’s recent memoir is called FLUNK. START: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint Press). She is also the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. Her short fiction has appeared in such journals as New England Review, The Iowa Review, and Green Mountains Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she holds a second M.F.A. in Theatre Arts and is a playwright and a singer/songwriter. Sands is an associate teaching professor of English and creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College. This is the twenty-sixth summer she has taught for the Festival.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 17 to June 22 2018

So you’ve finished your novel! Or you’re very close. Congratulations are in order, but you also know the manuscript needs at least one rewrite before it’s ready to meet the world. How do you begin that process?


Point of view is the underlying pedal tone, the overarching melody, and the essential rhythm of any successful piece of writing. How do we go about creating that? How do we get our readers to believe—and believe in—the person telling our story? Do the author and the narrator have to be two separate entities? How can I make my narrator(s) more powerful, effective, and believable? And where does “voice” fit into this?