University of Iowa

Sands Hall

Sands Hall’s recent memoir, FLUNK. START. Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint Press) was listed in the top ten books in Religion and Spirituality, Spring 18, by Publisher’s Weekly. She is also the author of a 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 University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she holds a second M.F.A. in Theatre Arts and is a playwright, as well as a singer/songwriter. Sands is an associate teaching professor of English and creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College. This is the twenty-seventh summer she has taught for the Festival.

Instructor Events

Weekend June 15 to June 16 2019
Instructor(s): 
Sands Hall

Whether we’re working on stories or a novel, a memoir or creative nonfiction, it’s essential to understand point of view. Yet the topic can seem vast and inchoate—or so simplistic that it’s possible to wonder what the fuss is about. This course is designed to clarify this delightful aspect of all creative writing, and to give you tools to delve into this rewarding piece of craft. With the help of published examples, we’ll examine various options and strategies, and the reasons for selecting one particular POV over another.

Weeklong June 16 to June 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Sands Hall

Are you working on a memoir? This course is designed for you. It will also be useful to any writer interested in exploring how fictional strategies help us get our personal stories effectively across to the reader.