University of Iowa

Timothy Bascom

Tim Bascom is the author of the memoir Running to the Fire (University of Iowa Press, 2015), which is about coming of age as the son of missionaries in Ethiopia during a Marxist Revolution. His earlier memoir, Chameleon Days (Houghton Mifflin), won the Bakeless Literary Prize. He is also the author of a collection of essays and a novel. His writing has won editor’s prizes at The Missouri Review and Florida Review and been anthologized in Best Creative Nonfiction and Best American Travel Writing. Bascom, who received his M.F.A. from The University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, is Director of Creative Writing at Waldorf University.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 14 to July 19 2019
Instructor(s): 
Timothy Bascom

When we write memoirs or personal essays, we inevitably find ourselves depicting those who have had the most influence in our lives—our family members. To understand the self, we must understand them. Take a look at a shelf of memoirs, and you will see just how vital those relationships are—in Vivian Gornick’s Fierce Attachments or Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home or Geoffrey Wolff’s Duke of Deception or Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family.

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Timothy Bascom

To borrow from an over-used advertising pitch, “Are you tired of the same old essays? Ready to try something new?” If so, come spend a weekend experimenting. We will read and write only the most inventive nonfiction—essays pretending to be poems, essays that stray into the fiction room, collage essays, essays that (like hermit crabs) borrow their homes, even essays that are pure imaginative speculation. (Yes, that counts.