The University of Iowa

Writing the Body

Weeklong June 14 to June 19 2020

Our bodies carry the most intimate narratives of our lives. Surgery, elective or otherwise. Transitions. Pregnancy. Aging. Self-Image. Disability. Tattoos. Disease. Disfigurement. Accidents. Oddities, visible or concealed. Some stories are complex and searingly painful; others humorous or tender. We will draw on the invigorating process of writing, the organic flow of storytelling, and the power and energy of words. We’ll craft body-related essays with purpose, passion, power and reverence, because what you share and how you tell it makes all the difference to you and your audience. You’ll have the option to share your writing aloud in class and at the Festival’s open mic night. Arrive yearning to tell your story. Plan to move forward with inspirational prompts and constructive, guided feedback. This generative workshop is open to all levels.


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