University of Iowa

Word Yoga: Exercises to Invite Your Words to Stretch, Focus, Breathe

Weeklong July 21 to July 26 2019

Is your writing a little stiff? Does it need to take a breath? Or is it not as strong as you want it to be, or as balanced and flexible? This generative class will offer numerous exercises to strengthen your writing while also making your words more flexible and “natural” on the page. Plan on writing a lot, learning a lot, and because yoga-writing is a mind-body experience, also plan on learning a bit of brain science as it applies to your writing. This is not a workshop. No need to bring copies of your writing to class, though we will share work voluntarily in our week together. Just as yoga strengthens your core, Word Yoga will strengthen the core of your fiction or nonfiction—and you won’t have to roll around on the floor, stand on one leg, chant, or break a sweat.


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 week.

All Genres
Hybrid Forms
Short Story