University of Iowa

Telling True Stories

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Weeklong July 19 to July 24 2020

Borges wrote, “The past isn’t a dead, fixed place but one which we’re constantly looking back to, discovering things, seeing things anew.” Often it is in the reconstruction of our lives that we are able to collapse time, interrogate the fiction of memory, and come to terms with the chaos and confusion of the past. In this workshop, we will write a series of short personal pieces using a range of approaches in style, structure and point of view. Whether it is a story you’ve told many times, one you’ve wanted to tell, or one you don’t think you can tell, this course will offer you ways in and around your particular story. We will ask ourselves why we tell the stories we tell; what we might gain from telling the same story from different perspectives; and how our own telling might alter the past, allowing it to become deeper and richer. We will write a lot in this workshop, using a variety of narrative methods and strategies to discover new ways of telling our truth(s).

 

In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments; provide feedback on writing you produce in our week.

Essay
Fiction
Hybrid Forms
Memoir
Nonfiction