University of Iowa

Writing from Life

Weekend June 23 to June 24 2018

Have you ever wondered if the stories you’ve grown up hearing about your family would make for a powerful written work? Have you ever considered bringing the story of your own life to the page? If so, this weekend workshop is right for you. Writers will learn the difference between an engaging anecdote and a compelling work of art by experimenting in a variety of forms: short stories, literary essays, and poems. Close readings of published work and generative writing exercises will draw forth the matters of craft at hand, and workshop sessions will help participants shape the raw materials of life into persuasive works of prose or poetry. Beginners are welcome. Our focus will be on generating new work, but if you have ideas for a project, you are invited to bring them to the table.