University of Iowa

Writing Health: A Multi-Genre Generative Weekend

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019

Whether we are healthcare providers, patients, parents, children, loved ones, or loving ones; elements of illness, loss, birth, healing, and health underlie our days at each age and stage. In this generative workshop, we will read and write in short forms with the unifying theme of illness and health. These forms will include short stories, lyric essays, memoir, poems, and creative works that incorporate elements of all of those. Our emphasis will be on a collaborative, inclusive, multi-genre approach, both in the sense of our source readings and as reflective of the multi-dimensional roles in and measures of health and care each of us holds.


This course is appropriate for writers from beginning to advanced. In our weekend together, we will read, we will discuss the readings, you will write from reading-inspired prompts that I will provide, and we will discuss what we’ve written. You will also have the option but not requirement to a) suggest a short reading in any literary genre related to health that we’ll discuss in the course of our time, and b) bring something you’ve penned or tapped out on this theme prior to our two days together for our workshop discussion.


In this workshop we will generate new writing through guided exercises and prompts; provide feedback on writing you bring from home or produce in our weekend.

Hybrid Forms