University of Iowa

Time and Place: What Happened, Where and When

Weekend June 15 to June 16 2019

“You couldn’t write a story that happened nowhere,” Eudora Welty has famously said. Every story takes place somewhere. But too often, writers don’t allow for or don’t recognize how important Place is to their stories. The same is true for Time, which is overlooked even more often. This workshop acknowledges that narratives unfold within a context of geography, time period, and culture. What happened to you in the past probably could not have happened to you quite that way at any other time or in any other place. Together, we’ll explore the fruitful interaction between the two.  Saturday we’ll focus on Place with some short readings and exercises. Sunday we’ll do the same for Time. Participants will leave the weekend with passages they can insert into existing prose and ideas they can build upon. This workshop is open to writers of all levels.


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 weekend.