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How to Register in Online Workshops in the Festival

To enroll in online workshops, click the link associated with the course you want to take. The link takes you to a listing of the course (with complete details, including fees) on UI Learn. When registration for the course has opened, an "enroll" button will appear with the course. Click the enroll button! You will create an account (you will use this same account if you take other courses later). You will be directed to enter your credit card 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.



We plan to launch new online workshops every month through 2021. To view and enroll in workshops beginning in April and May, visit:


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

Saturdays on Zoom: March 6–April 3, 2021

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Central Time

(11:00–2:00 Eastern; 8:00–11:00 Pacific; 9:00–12:00 noon Mountain)

Advanced Novel Workshop


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

Mondays on Zoom: March 8–April 12, 2021

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Central Time 

(3:00–6:00 Eastern; 12:00–3:00 Pacific; 1:00–4:00 Mountain)

Advanced Tools of Craft


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

Tuesdays on Zoom: March 16–April 13, 2021

5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Central Time

(6:00–8:30 Eastern; 3:00–5:30 Pacific; 4:00–6:30 Mountain)

The Propulsive Plot


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

Wednesdays on Zoom: March 17–April 14, 2021

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Central Time

(3:00-6:00 Eastern; 12:00–3:00 Pacific; 1:00–4:00 Mountain)

Losing "Your" Voice


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

Fridays on Zoom: March 19–April 16, 2021

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Central Time

(7:00–9:00 Eastern; 4:00–6:00 Pacific; 5:00–7:00 Mountain)

Start Your Memoir


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

Friday, March 19–Sunday, March 21, 2021

Friday on Zoom, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Central Time

(8:00–9:00 Eastern; 5:00–6:00 Pacific; 6:00–7:00 Mountain)

Saturday and Sunday on Zoom, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Central Time

(11:00–4:00 Eastern; 8:00–1:00 Pacific; 9:00–2:00 Mountain)

Finding Your Story


Poetry Across the Wires

Katie Ford, Instructor

Mondays on Zoom, November 16–December 14, 2020

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Central Time (12:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Pacific)

Go to workshop: Poetry Across the Wires


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

Kelly Dwyer, Instructor 

Saturdays on Zoom, November 21–December 12, 2020

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Central Time (11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Eastern; 8:00–10:00 a.m. Pacific)

Go to workshop: Flash Fiction in a Flash


Advanced Novel Workshop: Conflict, Plot & Structure

Kelly Dwyer, Instructor

Fridays on Zoom, January 8–February 5, 2021

1:00–4:00 p.m. Central Time (2:00–5:00 p.m. Eastern; 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Pacific)

Go to workshop: Advanced Novel