University of Iowa

Workshops at a Glance

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Then click on any title for a detailed description of that specific workshop.

 

2019 Iowa Summer Writing Festival Schedule of Workshops

Weeklong Workshops June 9-14

Mary Allen

Encounters with Our Lives: Spiritual Writing

Kate Aspengren

Playwrights Workshop

Thomas K. Dean

Shaping the Memoir and Personal Essay

Hope Edelman

The Story beneath Your Story: A Memoir-in-Progress Workshop

Hugh Ferrer

In Convincing Style: Prose Textures, Poetic Effects

Vince Gotera

Wilderness Map: Beginning Poetry Workshop

Wayne Johnson

Novel Solutions

Derek Nnuro

Fire Up: Novel Engines

Lon Otto

Flash Fictions, Prose Poems, Micro Memoirs

Zach Savich

Old Poems, New Poems: Revising and Moving Forward

Ami Silber

What Every Fiction Writer Can Learn from Romance Novels

 

Weekend Workshops June 15-16

Thomas K. Dean

Revising Sentences for Impact

Hope Edelman

Time and Place: What Happened, Where and When

Mieke Eerkens

Experimenting with Form: Using Creative Structures and Approaches in Our Writing

Eric Goodman

Write Funny to Me

Vince Gotera

Jazz June: Sound and Writing Poems

Sands Hall

Do I Really Know My Narrator? Strengthening Point of View

Christine Hemp

The Short-Short Nonfiction Triptych

Jim Heynen

Writing Emotions

Zach Savich

Enhancing the Essay: Making Memoir Do More

Sandra Scofield

All Those Pages: Talk about Your Novel

Ami Silber

Selling Your Book: Elevator Pitches, Back Cover Copy, and Query Letters

 

Weeklong Workshops June 16-21

Amy Butcher

Essay Bootcamp: A Generously Generative Workshop

Mieke Eerkens

Picture This: Exploring and Incorporating Images into Our Writing

Max Garland

Familiarizing the Strange/Mystifying the Familiar: A Poetry Workshop

Eric Goodman

The Final Draft: On Finishing and Knowing When You’ve Finished Your Novel

Sands Hall

Fiction Strategies for the Memoirist

Christine Hemp

Belonging: The Geographies of Nonfiction

Jim Heynen

From Memory to Art: Poems, Prose Poems, Short-Short Fiction

Wayne Johnson

Telling the Tale: A Nonfiction Workshop

Marc Nieson

Writing the Short Story—Love Letters

Lon Otto

Deep Revision: Fiction & Narrative Nonfiction

Sandra Scofield

Empowering the Novelist: Tools and Techniques to Guide You in a First Draft

Maxine Swann

Pygmalion or Bringing Your Characters to Life

 

Weekend Workshops June 22-23

Marilyn Abildskov

Trespassing Encouraged: A Generative Workshop for All Genres

Jonathan Blum

Who Is I?: Experiments in Fictional Identity

Amy Butcher

The Literary Memoir

Kelly Dwyer

Writing the Popular Novel (In Any Genre)

Mieke Eerkens

Promptapalooza 2019

Hugh Ferrer

Clock and Camera: Immersing the Reader

Katie Ford

Draft after Draft: Write a Dozen Poems

Allen Gee

The M.F.A. Application

Michael Morse

Revisionist Singing—Walking Your Poems through the Ages

Marc Nieson

The Art of Metaphor

Lon Otto

Writing a Child’s Perspective: Fiction, Memoir, & Poetry

Maxine Swann

Loosen Your Hand

 

Weeklong Workshops June 23-28

Marilyn Abildskov

You Are the Subject: The Personal Essay

Linda Bendorf

Your Legacy as Memoir: The Essence of a Life

Jonathan Blum

Short Story Workshop

Kelly Dwyer

Five Elements of the Novel

Hugh Ferrer

Inventing Memory: A Workshop on Imagery

Katie Ford

Advanced Poetry Workshop: Heart, Guts, & Craft

Allen Gee

Writing America

Cecile Goding

Call and Response: A Workshop in Correspondence Writing

James McKean

Memoir: Pieces for the Whole

June Melby

A Hedonistic Week of Creative Indulgence (For Your Muse)

Michael Morse

Think Twice/Think Again—Making Poems from Inspiration & Calculation

Sandra Scofield4

Agency, Struggle, and Transformation of Character in the Novel

 

Weekend Workshops July 13-14

Susan Aizenberg

Working with Imagery: A Generative Poetry Workshop

Mary Allen

Writing from the Heart: A Creative Jumpstart

Thomas Fox Averill

What’s Happening—Plot in Fiction

Venise Berry

Shades of Gray: Sensuality vs. Sex

Jennifer Fawcett

Writing around the Edges

Diana Goetsch

“Cut These Words and They Bleed”: A Nonfiction Writing Intensive

Tricia Park

The Art of Unbalance: Using Disequilibrium and Vulnerability to Deepen Your Writing

Martin Pousson

Freeze Frame: Writing the Very Short Story

Kathleen Rooney

The Fantastic Mongrel: Getting Started on Prose Poetry

Mary Kay Shanley

Perspective in Your Memoir

Carol Spindel

The Overstuffed Closet: A Weekend of Mini-Memoirs

Sarah Strickley

Starting Your Novel

 

Weeklong Workshops July 14-19

Dorothy Barresi

Identity Poetics: Writing the Self in Politically Charged Times

Timothy Bascom

Formed By Family: Writing about Those Who Shape Us

Tameka Cage Conley

Time on My Side?: Managing Time and Tension in Fiction

Kelly Dwyer

Plotting the Novel

Jennifer Fawcett

A Play in a Week: The Building Blocks of Playwriting

Diana Goetsch

Free-Writing Intensive: A Workshop for All Genres

Jeremy Jones

More than Memoir

Jude Nutter

Poetic Alchemy: From First Draft to Final Draft

Rachel Pastan

Experiment, Embellish, Enlarge: Revising Your Way into Story

Martin Pousson

Link Letters: Writing the Novel-in-Stories

Suzanne Scanlon

Make It Strange—A Generative Workshop

Carol Spindel

Finding Your Threads: Shaping and Structuring Nonfiction

Ian Stansel

Starting (And Finishing) Your Novel

Steven Wright

Beyond Genre: The Art of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, and Horror

 

Weekend Workshops July 20-21

Timothy Bascom

Writing Inventive (Not Just Creative) Nonfiction

Venise Berry

Writing a Successful Book Proposal

Sarah Sadie Busse/

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Setting the Stage for Wonder: Magic and Mystery in Children’s Picture Books

Kelly Dwyer

Flash Fiction in a Flash: Writing (And Submitting) Publishable Flash Fiction

Jennifer Fawcett

Solo Performance 101

Diana Goetsch

Five New Poems: A Generative Workshop for All Levels

Jeremy Jones

Writing about Nowhere

Margaret LeMay

Writing Health: A Multi-Genre Generative Weekend

BK Loren

Author as Architect: Radical Revision of Fiction and Nonfiction

Jude Nutter

Walking in the Field of Words: Using the Natural Landscape in Poems

Beau O’Reilly

Finish the Thing!

Rachel Pastan

Fear and Loathing, and Sometimes Even Joy: Getting Emotion on the Page

Sarah Strickley

Nurturing a Daily Writing Practice

 

Weeklong Workshops July 21-26

Susan Aizenberg

Writing Alone Together: A Week-Long Retreat for Generating New Poems

Nancy K. Barry

Revising How You Revise: A Workshop for Nonfiction Writers

Robin Hemley

The Frangible Memoir

Charles Holdefer

The Balancing Act: Narration, Character and Dialogue in Fiction

Naomi Jackson

This Summer, You Write Your Novel

BK Loren

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

Sabrina Orah Mark

Writing the Chimera: A Workshop on Hybrid Forms

Malinda McCollum

Five Day MFA: A Fiction Workshop

Beau O’Reilly

Writing the Two-Character Play: A Workshop on Making the One-Act

Juliet Patterson

The Art of Description

Sarah Saffian

Advanced Memoir: The Art and Craft of the Personal Essay

Suzanne Scanlon

Writing as Resistance

Laurel Snyder

The Wild Rumpus: A Picture Book Workshop

Anthony Varallo

Get In, Get Out, Go On: A Short Story and Novel Workshop

 

Two-Week Intensive Workshops July 14-26

Amber Dermont

Novel Manuscript Workshop

Sandra Scofield

Memoir Manuscript Workshop

 

Weekend Workshops July 27-28

Nancy K. Barry

Whose Voice Is This?: A Primer on Style

Venise Berry

Muddy Water: Controlling Plot, Subplots, and Plot Points in Your Novel

Jennifer Colville

Imagery for Prose Writers

Tameka Cage Conley

Poet-ing the Self: Memoir and the Lyric

Cecile Goding

After the Bell: A Workshop for Schoolteachers

Margaret LeMay

Short Forms in Flight: A Multi-Genre Generative Weekend

Juliet Patterson

A Broken Thing: The Poetic Line

Sarah Saffian

So What’s Your (Life) Story? Memoir in a Nutshell

Suzanne Scanlon

Polishing and Publishing Your Short Prose

Mary Kay Shanley

Smaller Pictures Deliver Bigger, Better Stories