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Online Workshops in May

View (and enroll in) all online workshops beginning in May here: ISWF Online Workshops Storefront

Or view the individual course listings:


Revisioning Your Story with Karen Bender (Five-Week Workshop)

Mondays on Zoom, May 10–June 14, 2021

5:30–8:00 p.m. Iowa/Central Time (6:30–9:00 p.m. Eastern, 3:30–6:00 p.m. Pacific; 4:30–7:00 p.m. Mountain)

Openings: An Advanced Novel Workshop with Robert Anthony Siegel (Five-Week Workshop)

Tuesdays on Zoom, May 11–June 8, 2021

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Iowa/Central Time (7:00–9:00 Eastern; 4:00–6:00 Pacific; 5:00–7:00 Mountain)

Memory & Imagination: A Workshop for Advanced Poets with Jude Nutter (Six-Week Workshop)

Wednesdays on Zoom May 12–June 16, 2021

6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Iowa/Central Time (7:00–10:00 Eastern; 4:00–7:00 Pacific; 5:00–8:00 Mountain)

The Novella Workshop with Sharon Oard Warner (Five–Week Workshop)

This workshop meets twice weekly. Mondays and Thursdays on Zoom: May 17–June 17, 2021

5:30–7:00 p.m. Iowa/Central Time (6:30–8:00 Eastern; 3:30–5:00 Pacific; 4:30–6:00 Mountain)


Details About Enrolling in Online Workshops in the Festival 

To enroll in online workshops, go to the ISWF Online Workshops Storefront in UI Learn/Canvas Catalog.  Each course has a listing with complete details, including the dates, course description, instructor bio, registration fees, and the date enrollment for the course opens. When enrollment for the course has opened, an "enroll" button will appear with the course. Click the enroll button! If you don't have an account in Canvas already, you'll be prompted to create one (you will use this same account if you take other courses later). You will then be directed to enter your payment information.

For online courses in the Festival, this is the only method to enroll. We're not able to enroll you by phone on this particular platform.



Advanced Novel Workshop: Conflict, Plot & Structure with Kelly Dwyer (Five-Week Workshop)

Advanced Tools of Craft for Writers of Fiction & Memoir with Sands Hall (Six-Week Workshop)

The Propulsive Plot: Strategies for Building Suspense in the Novel with Debra Jo Immergut (Five-Week Workshop)

Losing “Your” Voice: The Art of Imitation in Poetry with Jared Joseph (Five-Week Workshop)

How to Start Your Memoir with Robert Siegel (Five-Week Workshop)

Finding Your Story: A Weekend Intensive with Karen Bender (Weekend Workshop)

Poetry Across the Wires with Katie Ford (Five-Week Workshop)

Flash Fiction in a Flash: Writing (and Submitting) Publishable Flash Fiction with Kelly Dwyer