University of Iowa

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Sarah Sadie Busse

Charles DeLint has written, “When you are touched by magic, nothing’s ever quite the same again.” During our time together, we will explore how to create stories that bring a touch of wonder, magic, to our readers. How do we set the stage for wonder? How do we balance that wonder/that magic with the story’s reality?

 

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Margaret LeMay

Whether we are healthcare providers, patients, parents, children, loved ones, or loving ones; elements of illness, loss, birth, healing, and health underlie our days at each age and stage. In this generative workshop, we will read and write in short forms with the unifying theme of illness and health. These forms will include short stories, lyric essays, memoir, poems, and creative works that incorporate elements of all of those.

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
BK Loren

A novel, story, memoir, or essay—whatever form you choose—is a three-dimensional space the reader enters upon reading the first word. At least, it should be. We get stuck when we see our work as words on a page, and the revision process suffers from this flat approach.

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Charles DeLint has written, “When you are touched by magic, nothing’s ever quite the same again.” During our time together, we will explore how to create stories that bring a touch of wonder, magic, to our readers. How do we set the stage for wonder? How do we balance that wonder/that magic with the story’s reality?

 

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Beau O'Reilly

So you have your favorite story, poem, limerick, song, theater piece, and you keep getting close—so close—to completing it. Then the dog gets the measles, you worry that your mom will read it, you get divorced, married, a new job, you take up fantasy football or water polo, you give up smoking, you try to live without the internet and everything grinds to a halt. You never finish the thing. I will throw my not inconsiderable psychic bulk and creative moxie into helping you FINISH THE THING. We will do it. We really will.

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Timothy Bascom

To borrow from an over-used advertising pitch, “Are you tired of the same old essays? Ready to try something new?” If so, come spend a weekend experimenting. We will read and write only the most inventive nonfiction—essays pretending to be poems, essays that stray into the fiction room, collage essays, essays that (like hermit crabs) borrow their homes, even essays that are pure imaginative speculation. (Yes, that counts.

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Venise Berry

A book proposal is your introduction to an agent or editor. It should answer two primary questions: Why will this book sell? Why are you the best person to write it? This workshop will focus on helping participants begin the process of writing a book proposal for various nonfiction forms such as memoir, historical, essays, autobiography, anthology, resource, self-help, how-to, humor, and more. Specific areas of the proposal will be discussed and developed including: title, hook, market, promotion, bio, and outline.

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Jeremy Jones

This course will examine the rich tradition of nonfiction writing about place; however, it will immediately detour onto the road less traveled. We don’t all have stories of Paris or Kilimanjaro. Some of us care about Paducah or desolate prairies. What does a writer need to capture the tiny towns and empty spaces, the everyday Main Streets and failing factories to create engaging, layered essays that reach far-flung readers?

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Jude Nutter

Barry Lopez claims that landscape is a “shaping force” and that our physical experience of the landscape is integral to the meaning of the landscape itself. Landscape, then, is internal as well as external, and there is an intimate relationship between the physical and emotional terrains.

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Rachel Pastan

Strong feeling is often what drives us to write. We want our reader to experience the sadness or outrage, the delight or sense of betrayal we feel when thinking about a fictional (or nonfictional) situation. But how do we do that, exactly? How do we tell a story that’s not cold, but that’s not melodramatic either?

 

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Sarah Strickley

As any writing instructor worth her salt will tell you, the key to developing as a writer is devoting your time and energy to the craft. But, as any busy budding writer might attest, that time can often be difficult to come by in the hustle and bustle of modern life. In this weekend workshop, writers will learn strategies for cultivating a healthy daily writing practice.

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Jennifer Fawcett

One voice telling one story. The one-person play harkens back to the storyteller spinning a tale around the campfire. It can be fiction or nonfiction, it can have one character or many (yes, you can have dialogue in a solo performance), it can involve projections and props and pyrotechnics, or it can just be one person standing on a bare stage asking the audience to come with them on a journey. No matter what form it takes, a play for one is a unique piece of theatrical magic for the actor, the audience and the writer.

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Diana Goetsch

A two-day immersion in the act of generating poetry, in the presence of a veteran poet known for generously sharing her practice. We’ll look at the many ways poems can arrive, and how we can cultivate our receptivity to them. We will learn ways to broaden our range of subjects and styles, ways to write the poem that eludes us, how to handle emotionally challenging material, and how to write without an agenda (giving rise to poems we never expected).

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Kelly Dwyer

Flash fiction is fiction that tells a story in a flash—anywhere from six words (“For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.”—attributed to Hemingway) to a thousand words. In this workshop, we will discuss what flash fiction is and what makes it so interesting, we’ll study and discuss some examples, and of course, we’ll complete exercises and assignments, writing some flash of our own that will surprise even its authors!