The University of Iowa

Tiny Wins: Developing a Sustainable Writing Practice

Weekend July 25 to July 26 2020

For many of us, the hardest part is not getting to the writing desk but knowing what to do once we’re there. How do we develop a writing practice? How do we face the void of uncertainty that faces us as we stare into the blank page? Often, you may think that a writing practice requires tremendous blocks of time which—let’s face it—most of us can’t often find in the busyness of daily life. However, what if we can still move forward, monitoring consistency rather than volume to track our progress. What if “tiny wins” on a regular basis is what gets us to the top of the mountain?


In this generative workshop, we will take an oblique approach to our writing, moving in from a sideways trajectory. Together, we will engage with short, timed exercises that prompt new and surprising entry points into our material. We will prioritize playfulness over word count and we’ll stay open to surprise, through writing games and prompts that direct our writing in unexpected ways. Each session will include in-class generative exercises and reading. You will leave this class with fresh perspectives on writing as well as an entire toolbox of writing prompts and resources to maintain a robust and vital writing practice.


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

All Genres
Hybrid Forms
Young Adult