The University of Iowa

The Writers’ Sense-Scape: Using Sound, Smell, Touch, and Taste

Weekend June 27 to June 28 2020

When writers (especially sighted writers) describe something, they usually depend largely, if not exclusively, on the visual. Of course, humans have four other senses that are just as—and often more—powerful as sight to depict and evoke. This generative workshop will focus on the four non-visual senses—hearing, smell, touch, and taste—and how we can use them to enrich the pallet of our description and to create more evocative writing no matter the genre. Students of all levels are welcome in this workshop. Through exercises, very short readings, and generating your own writing, this workshop will explore techniques of expanding the sense-scape that makes your writing as evocative as it can be.


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

All Genres