University of Iowa

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Jennifer Colville

Imagery in prose is not merely ornamental, it is necessary. Images unite mind and body; they are active nerve cells branching out, sending reverberations, creating networks and structure across the body of a story or essay. In this workshop, we’ll look at how images operate on both primitive and sophisticated levels. We’ll take inspiration from several highly imagistic prose writers—examine the ways in which they use imagery to create interwoven metaphorical refrains, evoke the uncanny, or give a piece its own unconscious undercurrent.

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Tameka Cage Conley

Who are we and from where do we come? What are the narratives—true, false, somewhere in-between—that have shaped the music of our lives? How can the poetic form be used to interrogate the self in relation to the family, the world at large, and the world that we can’t often see—the world of the soul?

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Nancy K. Barry

Most writers and readers will tell you that to have an engaging style, we need to capture the sound of a “real person speaking.” Yet, it is equally true that good prose is not merely “writing down what people say.” How do we navigate getting the sound and resonance of our “style” down on the page, and how would we even begin to describe the sound we’re trying to achieve? This workshop provides a two-day entry into defining and manipulating prose styles.

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Cecile Goding

Before I came to Iowa, back in the South Carolina county where I grew up, I became a teacher. Specifically, I taught those who had left school early on and later decided to give education a second look. Those brave, funny students—no one has taught me more. What exactly I learned is a question worth a lifetime. For one weekend at least, let’s write in the company of fellow teachers. Together, let’s give our school experiences a good airing-out. What sustained us in that complex microcosm known as the classroom?

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Margaret LeMay

Are you a writer who writes in brief moments of inspiration? These might manifest in poems, prose poems, blog posts, memoir, biography, or short lyric or personal essays. Perhaps you pen or tap out concoctions that integrate elements of all of those that you don’t know how to define, but you know they’re short. Or you’re a beginning writer who is interested in learning how innovative use of form can concentrate meaning and impact in any writing, how to use white space, and how to say more in fewer words.

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Juliet Patterson

This workshop will focus on a variety of exercises designed to underscore the multiple functions of the line in poetry. What’s the primary function of the line in your work? And how can you utilize the line to its fullest? How can the line affect music, drama, and meaning or all of these in our poems? As a group, we’ll also discuss the pitfalls and frustrations each of us has with our own work in relation to the line and work together to dream up solutions to these problems.

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Sarah Saffian

In an effort to get over ourselves as personal storytellers, we’ll strive in this intensive course to make every sentence, indeed every word, count. What must be there for a reader to get a sense of us? What’s that inciting incident, organizing principle, heat-seeking moment, which could drive our memoirs?

 

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Mary Kay Shanley

A common problem that plagues writers without a boatload of experience is attempting to tell your reader everything. All-At-Once. But what results is a lot of information that skims the surface. Period. That means your readers miss the richness of all those smaller-picture stories waiting beneath. Stories that harbor marvelous details and vibrant conversations, characters who unfold on the page, places rich and real. Stories strung together in a timely manner—one after another—deliver the heart and soul of your project.

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Venise Berry

How do you create a strong and exciting plot in your novel? How do you connect the plot with various subplots? How do you place plot points effectively throughout your story? This class will help you develop or strengthen your novel’s main plot. It will also help you better understand the use of subplots and the purpose of plot points. To write a great novel it is crucial to recognize how the plot, subplots and plot points create the main sequence of events and figure out the best way to use them to move your story from beginning to end.

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Suzanne Scanlon

Maybe you have a lot of work that’s almost, but not quite, done. Maybe you think you’re done but you don’t know what’s next. This workshop will help you get that story or essay or experimental prose piece ready to send out. You will bring in writing that’s close (but not yet!) done, and by the end of our weekend, you’ll have it polished and prepped for submission. We’ll spend some time looking at a range of options for publication geared to your writing style and genre.