University of Iowa

This Summer, You Write Your Novel

Weeklong July 21 to July 26 2019

Stephen King suggests that a novel should be written in a season. Walter Mosley’s This Year, You Write Your Novel offers advice on how to do what his title suggests. In this workshop, you will make significant progress towards the goal of finishing a complete first draft of your novel by the end of the summer. Participants will cheer each other on as we break obstacles to our projects’ completion. Each writer will submit and receive substantive feedback on a new excerpt of their novel-in-progress. Appropriate for beginning as well as advanced writers, this weeklong workshop will be of particular interest to those who want to strengthen character development and employ new ideas for plotting and structuring their manuscripts.


In this workshop we will generate new writing through guided exercises and prompts; provide feedback on writing you bring from home or produce in our week.