University of Iowa

Suzanne Scanlon

Suzanne Scanlon is the author of the novel Promising Young Women (2013) as well as Her 37th Year, An Index, which was chosen by Allan Gurganus for The Iowa Review fiction prize. Her fiction has appeared in many journals, including Bomb Magazine, The Iowa Review, The American Scholar, and DIAGRAM, and she writes about theater for the Chicago Reader and Time Out Chicago. She is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago and was recently a Visiting Writer in Roosevelt University’s M.F.A. program.

Instructor Events

Weekend June 16 to June 17 2018

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 to do with what you’ve finished. This workshop will help you get that story or essay 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.

Weeklong June 17 to June 22 2018

All writers revise, but it’s not always easy. In this workshop, we will explore a range of approaches to revision. Through writing exercises and workshops, you will write and re-write the same story or essay in a variety of ways. The exercises are designed to give you fresh perspectives on your work that will help you develop and deepen your original draft. These might include rewriting from a different character’s point-of-view or in a different tense or with a new structural device.

Weeklong July 08 to July 13 2018

In this advanced workshop, we will look at our personal narratives in the context of two central elements delineated by writer Vivian Gornick in her classic 2001 text on the art of personal narrative. We will consider the Situation: “the context or circumstance, sometimes plot” and the Story: “the emotional experience that preoccupies the writer: the insight, the wisdom, the thing one has come to say.” In our week together, we will employ these ideas as we develop our own personal narratives.