University of Iowa

Venise Berry

Venise Berry is the author of three national bestselling novels: So Good, An African American Love Story (1996); All of Me, A Voluptuous Tale (2000); and Colored Sugar Water (2002). Her memoir Driven: love, career and the pursuit of happiness recently released in 2018. She is currently finishing her fourth novel, Pockets of Sanity. Berry has co-edited two anthologies, Black Culture & Experience: Contemporary Issues (2015) and Mediated Messages and African American Culture: Contemporary Issues (1996). She is also the co-author of two nonfiction film books, The Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema (Scarecrow Press, 2015 & 2007) and The 50 Most Influential Black Films (Citadel 2001). Her numerous short stories, journal articles, and book chapters appear widely in creative and academic circles. Berry is an associate professor of Journalism and African American Studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She is also a fiction faculty member in the Solstice Low-Residency Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Visit Venise online at www.veniseberry.com.

Instructor Events

Weekend July 13 to July 14 2019
Instructor(s): 
Venise Berry

Sensual writing can be just as powerful, if not more powerful, than sexual writing. What is the difference between a sensual love scene and a sexual love scene? How do writers convey passion, emotion, and love without using explicit language?

 

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Venise Berry

A book proposal is your introduction to an agent or editor. It should answer two primary questions: Why will this book sell? Why are you the best person to write it? This workshop will focus on helping participants begin the process of writing a book proposal for various nonfiction forms such as memoir, historical, essays, autobiography, anthology, resource, self-help, how-to, humor, and more. Specific areas of the proposal will be discussed and developed including: title, hook, market, promotion, bio, and outline.

Weekend July 27 to July 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Venise Berry

How do you create a strong and exciting plot in your novel? How do you connect the plot with various subplots? How do you place plot points effectively throughout your story? This class will help you develop or strengthen your novel’s main plot. It will also help you better understand the use of subplots and the purpose of plot points. To write a great novel it is crucial to recognize how the plot, subplots and plot points create the main sequence of events and figure out the best way to use them to move your story from beginning to end.