The University of Iowa

Schedules

WEEKLONG AND WEEKEND WORKSHOPS AT A GLANCE

 

2020 ISWF Workshops by Date

Weeklong Workshops June 14-19

Kate Aspengren

Playwrights Workshop

Timothy Bascom

Formed by Family: Writing about Those Who Shape Us

Linda Bendorf

Writing the Body

Jennifer Colville

The Inventive Female Voice

Thomas K. Dean

“Why Would Anyone Be Interested in My Story?”: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary in Memoir & Personal Essay

Kelly Dwyer

Novel in a Week

Vince Gotera

Wilderness Map: Beginning Poetry Writing

Wayne Johnson

Telling the Tale: A Nonfiction Workshop

Sabrina Orah Mark

Writing the Chimera: A Workshop on Hybrid Forms

Michael Martone

The Cross-Section Workshop for Stories and Essays

Paula Morris

Finishing Your Novel

Michael Morse

Better Blues: Writing Loss into Presence

Lon Otto

Everyone Is Strange: Developing Characters in Fiction & Narrative Nonfiction

Kevin Smith

Tell It Queer

 

Weekend Workshops June 20-21

Timothy Bascom

An Enormous Eye: Writing the Contemplative Essay

Venise Berry

Muddy Water: Controlling Plot, Subplots, and Plot Points in Your Novel

Kelly Dwyer

Writing the Popular Novel (In Any Genre)

Mieke Eerkens

Flash Forward: Writing Very Short Creative Nonfiction Essays

Cecile Goding

The Well-Tempered Paragraph: Memoirs in Miniature

Diana Goetsch

Five New Poems: For All Levels

Eric Goodman

Write Funny to Me

Sands Hall

Scene, Summary, Reflection: The Essential Narrative Trio for Fiction and Memoir

Christine Hemp

Creating Character in Creative Nonfiction

Jim Heynen

Writing Emotions

Paula Morris

Creative Nonfiction Bootcamp

Kathleen Rooney

Beyond First and Third: Mastering Point of View in Any Genre

 

 

Weeklong Workshops June 21-26

Linda Bendorf

Submit! To the Creative Process…and The Sun Magazine

Mieke Eerkens

Experimenting with Form: Using New Structures and Forms in Literary Nonfiction

Max Garland

The Poetry of Memory

Diana Goetsch

The Free-Writing Intensive: For All Genres

Eric Goodman

Transforming Life into Writing

Sands Hall

Advanced Tools of Craft for Writers of Fiction and Memoir

Christine Hemp

Wrestling with the Self in Memoir

Wayne Johnson

Novel Solutions

James McKean

Memoir: Pieces for the Whole

June Melby

A Hedonistic Week of Creative Indulgence (For Your Muse)

Michael Morse

Taking Shape: Generating Poems from Template and Tempest

Lon Otto

Writing Travel: Nonfiction, Poetry, & Fiction

Sharon Oard Warner

The Novella Workshop

 

 

Weekend Workshops June 27-28

Linda Bendorf

Memoir Breakthrough: Putting It All Together

Thomas K. Dean

The Writers’s Sense-Scape: Using Sound, Smell, Touch, and Taste

Mieke Eerkens

PROMPTAPALOOZA 2020! 10 Prompts to Generate 10 Beginnings in 2 Days

Hugh Ferrer

Who’s That Knocking? (Plot Fundamentals)

Diana Goetsch

Narrowing: An Approach to Memoir Writing

Vince Gotera

Dragons and Rayguns: Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry

Michael Morse

Close Reading, Enlightened Writing: Elizabeth Bishop & Terrance Hayes

Kevin Smith

Writing the Places of the Heart

Sharon Oard Warner

Why Make a Scene?

 

 

Weeklong Workshops July 12-17

Susan Aizenberg

Our Flexible Instruments: Exploring the Uses of Voice in Poetry

Mary Allen

Encounters with Life: Spiritual Writing

Nancy K. Barry

Talk to Your Draft about Your Draft: A Workshop in Deep Revision in Nonfiction

Sarah Sadie &

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Once Upon a Time There Was a Word: Language in Picture Books for Children

Kelly Dwyer

Advanced Novel Workshop: Conflict, Plot, & Structure

Jennifer Fawcett

A Play in a Week: The Building Blocks of Playwriting

Robin Hemley

Writing the Line Between Autobiography and Fiction

Margaret LeMay

Writings on Illness and Health: A Multi-Genre Workshop

Beau O’Reilly

Private Writing in Public Spaces

Andrew Porter

Short Story Workshop

Elizabeth Robinson

Poetic Play: Generating and Revising Your Poems

Leslie Schwartz

Why is Writing So Hard?—An Instruction Manual for Your First Novel

Sandra Scofield

Agency, Struggle, and Transformation of Character in the Novel

Carol Spindel

Building Block Essay Lab

Karen Subach

Write Your Love Poems: An Exploration of Eros on the Page

 

 

Two-Week Intensive Workshop July 12-24

Hope Edelman

Memoir Manuscript Workshop

 

 

Weekend Workshops July 18-19

Thomas Fox Averill

What’s Happening: Plot in Fiction

Nancy K. Barry

Whose Voice Is This? A Primer on Style

Venise Berry

Learning to Layer: Using Clarity and Depth to Enhance Your Writing

Jonathan Blum

Creating Compelling Characters in Fiction

Kelly Dwyer

Flash Fiction in a Flash: Writing (And Submitting) Publishable Flash Fiction

Jennifer Fawcett

Writing around the Edges

Cecile Goding

The Poetry of Prose

Jeremy Jones

Writing about Nowhere

Tricia Park

Diving into the In-Between: Writing about Identity and the Asian American Experience

Elizabeth Robinson

Tone and Tension: A Workshop on Hybridity for Poets & Prose Writers

Zach Savich

Poetry of Insight (And Even Wisdom)

Leslie Schwartz

Fiction Craft Primer

Carol Severino

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: Writing about Travel

Carol Spindel

The Overstuffed Closet: A Weekend of Mini-Memoirs

 

 

Weeklong Workshops July 19-24

Jonathan Blum

Short Story Workshop

Charles Holdefer

The Balancing Act: Narration, Character and Dialogue in Fiction

Debra Jo Immergut

The Propulsive Plot: Strategies for Building Suspense in the Novel

Malinda McCollum

Five-Day MFA: A Fiction Writing Workshop

Jude Nutter

To Break or Not to Break: Working the Poetic Line

Beau O’Reilly

Completing the Full-Length Play

Sarah Saffian

Get Over Yourself! A Personal Piece a Day

Zach Savich

Writing and Transformation: A Workshop for All Genres

Suzanne Scanlon

Telling True Stories

Sandra Scofield

Empowering the Novelist: Tools and Techniques to Guide You in a First Draft

Sarah Anne Strickley

Nurturing a Healthy Writing Practice

Kali White VanBaale

Revision Bootcamp for Novels and Memoirs

Anthony Varallo

First, Third, and (Sometimes) Second: A Point-of-View Fiction Workshop

 

 

Weekend Workshops July 25-26

Mary Allen

Travel Writing Made Easy, and It’s All Travel Writing

Hugh Ferrer

Passages: Shifting Emotions, Moving the Reader

Debra Jo Immergut

Two Truths and a Lie: How to Fictionalize Your Life

Margaret LeMay

Space, Sound, and Silence: Poetic Freedom and Form

Jude Nutter

Weaving the Narrative Web: A Poetry Workshop

Tricia Park

Tiny Wins: Developing a Sustainable Writing Practice

Juliet Patterson

The Art of Description

Suzanne Scanlon

Polish Your Prose

Sandra Scofield

What If? Testing the Premise of Your Novel

Carol Severino

“I Owe It All To”: Stories of Learning and Teaching

Carol Spindel

Stealing the Scene: How Nonfiction Writers Can Hijack Fiction’s Most Useful Tool

Kali White VanBaale

Points of Entry in Storytelling

 

Note: It is possible to take a weeklong and weekend workshop in succession, and participants routinely do so. They do not overlap.

 
Weeklong and Two-Week Workshop Schedule:

Weeklong and two-week workshops begin Sunday evening with a light dinner, orientation, and the first class meeting. For the rest of the week, workshops meet each afternoon, Monday through Friday, from 2:00-5:00. Mornings are reserved for The Eleventh Hour Lecture Series, and for writing, revising, and annotating manuscripts in preparation for your workshop. Your conference with your instructor may be scheduled in this time, too.

Sunday

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Registration and light dinner

7:30 p.m.

Orientation and welcome

8:00 p.m.

First class meeting

 

Monday-Friday

7:30–11:00 a.m.

Coffee and conversation downtown

Time to write, read, critique manuscripts, confer with instructors

11:00 a.m.

The Eleventh Hour Lecture Series:

Presentations on topics of interest to writers

2:00–5:00 p.m.

Meet in workshop

 

Weeklong and two-week workshops include the following evening events:

Monday

5:30 p.m.

Festival reception

Wednesday

7:00 p.m.

Open Mic: Readings by participants

Thursday

6:00 p.m.

All-Festival dinner

 

Weeklong and two-week workshops conclude at the end of your final workshop, Friday at 5:00 p.m.

 
Weekend Workshop Schedule:

 

Saturday

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Registration and light breakfast

9:30 a.m.

Orientation and welcome

10:00 a.m.

Meet in workshop

12:00 Noon–2:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own; read, write, critique manuscripts

2:00–4:00 p.m.

Meet in workshop

 

 

Break for dinner on your own

 

7:00 p.m.

Open Mic: Readings by participants

 

Sunday

9:00 a.m.–11:00

Meet in workshop

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own; read, write, critique manuscripts

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Meet in workshop

 

Weekend workshops conclude at the end of your final workshop, Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

 

Goings-On/Your Time at the Festival

 

Apart from the dedicated time and space to devote to your own writing, one of the gifts you give yourself as a writer when you come to the Festival is the opportunity to meet and commune with others who are kindred.

 

While the week is intense, we hope you’ll take time to step away from the page and experience the energy and ambiance of our community in summer. Festival writers enjoy getting together in the mornings for coffee and conversation, as well as the reception after our first full workshop Monday evening. Open Mic night is your opportunity to share your work with members of other workshops; the Thursday night dinner gives us a chance to come together and decompress as we approach the end of the week.

 

Iowa City is extraordinarily friendly to writers. Readings by outstanding contemporary voices, hosted nearly every evening by Prairie Lights Books, are a favorite among locals and Festival participants alike. You’ll want to take time to lose yourself in Iowa City’s bookstores and literary haunts, to lollygag by the Iowa River, and to enjoy theater, film, and music downtown.

 

We post announcements of coming events throughout the summer on our webpage and on the Iowa Summer Writing Festival Facebook page—https://www.facebook.com/iowasummerwritingfestival/. Another terrific site to visit for events in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area is Little Village.