University of Iowa

Workshops at a Glance

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Weekend Workshops June 16-17

 

Mary Allen

Travel Writing Made Easy, and It’s All Travel Writing

Venise Berry

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

Jonathan Blum

Creating Compelling Characters in Fiction

Amy Butcher

The Literary Memoir

Thomas K. Dean

Revising Sentences for Impact

Daniel Khalastchi

Betting on the Muse: A Poetry Workshop

Sabrina Orah Mark

Obsession: A Poetry Workshop

Marc Nieson

The Art of Metaphor

Lon Otto

Writing in Layers: Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, and Poetry

Kathleen Rooney

Writing the Body: Capturing the Human Pulse across Genres

Suzanne Scanlon

Polishing and Publishing Your Short Prose

Mary Kay Shanley

The Why and How of Reflective Writing

Sarah Strickley

Nurturing a Daily Writing Practice

Kali VanBaale

Revising the Novel

 

Weeklong Workshops June 17-22

 

Jonathan Blum

Short Story Workshop

Amy Butcher

Essay Bootcamp: A Generously Generative Workshop

Susan Taylor Chehak

Writing Weird

Katie Ford

Advanced Poetry Workshop: Critique & Craft

Sands Hall

Novel: The Next Draft

Christine Hemp

Mini-Memoirs for Podcast, Radio, and Reading Aloud

Daniel Khalastchi

The New You: Revising, Editing, and Recharging Your Poems

Marc Nieson

Memoir: On Self & Society

Lon Otto

Storyteller’s Tools: Techniques Essential to Fiction & Narrative Nonfiction

Suzanne Scanlon

The Joy of…Revision!?

Mary Kay Shanley

People, Emotion, Dialogue, Place, the Senses: Five Basic Tools in All Genres

Ian Stansel

Structuring the Novel

 

Weekend Workshops June 23-24

 

Timothy Bascom

An Enormous Eye: Writing the Contemplative Essay

Venise Berry

Novel Writing: How to Create Powerful and Memorable Scenes

Kelly Dwyer

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

Hugh Ferrer

Who’s That Knocking? (Plot Fundamentals)

Katie Ford

Weekend Frenzy: Write a Dozen Poems

Eric Goodman

Write Funny to Me

Sands Hall

Do I Really Know My Narrator? Strategies for Strengthening Point of View

Christine Hemp

Scene vs. Reflection in Personal Narrative

Jim Heynen

Writing Emotions

Michael Morse

From Either/Or to More: Giving Poems Texture & Layered Complexity

Marc Nieson

The Art of Place

Anjali Sachdeva 

Literary Magazines behind the Scenes

Ami Silber

Selling Your Book: Elevator Pitches, Hooks, and Back Cover Copy

Sarah Strickley

Writing from Life

 

Weeklong Workshops June 24-29

 

Jeffery Renard Allen

How Do I Start This Thing? Openings in Prose Narrative

 

Timothy Bascom

Truth Be Told: Writing the Essay of Social Witness

Thomas K. Dean

Finding the Story in Your Life: Narrative in Memoir & Personal Essay

Kelly Dwyer

Five Elements of the Novel: One for Every Day of the Workshop Week

Hugh Ferrer

In Convincing Style: Prose Textures, Poetic Effects

Max Garland

The Poetry of Memory

Eric Goodman

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

Jim Heynen

From Memory to Art

James McKean

The Shape of Time in Memoir

June Melby

A Hedonistic Week of Creative Indulgence (for Your Muse)

Michael Morse

Echo, Letter, Text, Tweet: Poems As Correspondence

Lon Otto

Everyone Is Strange: Developing Characters in Fiction & Narrative Nonfiction

Anjali Sachdeva

The Five-Day Short Story

Ami Silber

What Romance Novels Can Teach Us about Writing Captivating Fiction

 

Two-Week Intensive Workshop July 8-20

 

Paula Morris

Novel Manuscript Workshop

 

Weeklong Workshops July 8-13

 

Mary Allen

Encounters with Our Lives: Spiritual Writing

Kate Aspengren

Playwrights Workshop

Cecile Goding

The Perfect Lie: From Long Memory to Short Story

Patricia Henley

Kickstart Your First YA Novel

Zach Savich

Memoir on the Brink: Emergency, Extremity, and Big Changes

Suzanne Scanlon

Advancing Your Memoir: The Situation and the Story

Sandra Scofield

Agency, Struggle, and Transformation of Character in the Novel

Carol Spindel

Finding Your Threads: Shaping and Structuring Nonfiction

Elizabeth Stuckey-French

Shake Up Your Novel

Ned Stuckey-French

Are We There Yet? Revising Your Essay

 

Weekend Workshops July 14-15

 

Susan Aizenberg

Poetry and the Third Muse: Exploring Personal, Family, & Public History in Our Poems

Thomas Fox Averill

What’s Happening?—Plot in Fiction

Linda Bendorf

Transforming Moments of Consequence into Captivating Scenes in Fiction & Nonfiction

Sarah Sadie Busse & Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Catching Our Own White Cows: Magic & Mystery in Picture Books

Margaret Chapman

Novel Boot Camp

Mieke Eerkens

Getting the Words Down: A Generative Workshop in Personal Narrative

Diana Goetsch

Extraordinary Seeing: A Workshop for All Genres

Wayne Johnson

Telling the Tale: A Nonfiction Workshop

Gordon Mennenga

Writing Wild: Exercises in Fictional Voice

Jude Nutter

Pace Yourself: The Ways a Poem Moves

Rachel Pastan

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

Juliet Patterson

The Art of Description

Carol Spindel

The Overstuffed Closet: A Weekend of Mini-Memoirs

Kali VanBaale

Points of Entry in Storytelling

 

Weeklong Workshops July 15-20

 

Jennifer Colville

The Inventive Female Voice

Hope Edelman

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

Mieke Eerkens

Writing (and Selling!) an Effective Nonfiction Book Proposal

Diana Goetsch

Free-Writing Intensive: A Generative Workshop for All Writers

Charles Holdefer

“Who’s Talkin’ Here?”: Dialogue vs. Narration in Prose Fiction

Wayne Johnson

Novel Solutions

Jeremy Jones

From Family History to Literary Nonfiction

Jude Nutter

The Freedom of Restraint: The Joy and Paradox of Formal Poetry

Rachel Pastan

Planning a Novel: Making a Map and Avoiding Monsters

Juliet Patterson

All in a Song: Exploring the Lyric Essay

Sandra Scofield

The Narrative Call: Polish and Deepen Your Novel Draft

Elizabeth Stuckey-French

Driving Through the Dark: Writing a Story in a Week

Ned Stuckey-French

An Essay in a Week

 

Weekend Workshops July 21-22

 

Nancy K. Barry

Present, Past, & Imperfect: How to Manipulate Tense in Essays & Memoir

Venise Berry

Writing a Book Proposal

Kelly Dwyer

Writing the Popular Novel (in Any Genre)

Mieke Eerkens

PROMPTAPALOOZA! 10 Prompts to Generate 10 Beginnings in 2 Days

Cecile Goding

Excavating the Anecdote

Diana Goetsch

Craft & Vision: A Poetry Workshop

Jeremy Jones

Writing about Nowhere

Malinda McCollum

Extra/Ordinary: Merging the Real and Surreal in Fiction

Gordon Mennenga

The Blank Page

Beau O’Reilly

Monologue in the Moment

Sarah Saffian

Who You Looking At? Bringing Your Profile Subjects to Life

Zach Savich

Exploring Poetic Form

Sandra Scofield

“Aboutness”: Leash Your Novel, Shape Your Writing, Pitch Your Book

Anthony Varallo

The Three-Jump Story: A Writer’s Weekend Challenge

 

Weeklong Workshops July 22-27

 

Susan Aizenberg

Writing Alone Together: A Retreat for Generating New Poems

Nancy K. Barry

Transforming Letters into Essays: A Workshop on Audience and Form

Kelly Dwyer

Plotting the Novel

Hope Edelman

Starting the Memoir: From Idea to First Ten Pages

Hugh Ferrer

Character in Search of an Author: The Choreography of Motivation

Robin Hemley

The Frangible Memoir

Malinda McCollum

Five-Day MFA: Fiction Writing Workshop

Gordon Mennenga

Decisions, Decisions: Your Novel’s First Chapters

Beau O’Reilly

Pieces for the Ear: Writing for the Radio

Juliet Patterson

Burning Down the House (Or How to Write a Better Political Poem)

Sarah Saffian

Advanced Memoir: The Art and Craft of the Personal Essay

Anthony Varallo

First, Third, and (Sometimes) Second: A Point-of-View Fiction Workshop