University of Iowa

Writing the Body: Capturing the Human Pulse Across Genres

Weekend June 16 to June 17 2018

A common intellectual fantasy is to be able to encounter pure ideas in a featureless imaginary space. But tough luck: ideas come from people, and people come with bodies. In this generative class, we will consider the implications of our embodiment on writing and look at how the body informs the mind and the art it creates. Sports, sickness, aging, beauty, pregnancy, disability, sex—when we write on these topics, what forms are best suited to say what we want to say? This cross-/mixed-genre course is designed to be a rich opportunity for creative writing in all genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Writers of every level with an interest in improving their ability to convincingly write from or about embodied experience will benefit from this intensive class.