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

Weeklong July 14 to July 19 2019
Instructor(s): 
Suzanne Scanlon

Whether fiction or memoir or something in between, many powerful works of literature are strange—structured in a fractured, fragmented, nonlinear style. In this class, we will read and write a lot. We will experiment with forms, styles, approaches to time, place, structure, point-of-view and character, finding new and strange ways to tell (and retell) a story. Through in class writing prompts, we will construct a series of short pieces.

Weeklong July 21 to July 26 2019
Instructor(s): 
Suzanne Scanlon

What does it mean to write in a way that resists? Much of my favorite writing to read can be considered “resistant narratives”—writing that responds to and rewrites the narratives we have received from a culture that often wishes to reduce and limit our very souls. To become an artist is to write oneself back into being. A book can be a place where the individual remakes the world. In this workshop, we will read and write.

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.