University of Iowa

Zach Savich

Zach Savich is the author of six books of poetry, including Daybed, and two books of prose, including Diving Makes the Water Deep, a memoir about cancer, teaching, and poetic friendship. His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, Omnidawn’s Chapbook Award, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Award, among other honors. His poems, essays, and criticism have appeared in journals and anthologies including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, and Best New Poets. A graduate of The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he teaches in the B.F.A. Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.

Instructor Events

Weekend June 15 to June 16 2019
Instructor(s): 
Zach Savich

Creative nonfiction is about more than what happened. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to enhance essays, memoirs, and other forms of narrative nonfiction by using techniques that deepen our prose’s significance and resonance. We’ll take inspiration from a capacious range of essays, as well as from fiction, poetry, and other arts. Participants will complete new writing activities, receive feedback about past work they wish to share (optional), and discuss published works by diverse writers.

Weeklong June 09 to June 14 2019
Instructor(s): 
Zach Savich

In this workshop, we’ll consider how new poems can grow out of close revision. In the first half of the session, we’ll discuss poems that participants have previously writtenwhether recently or many years ago. We’ll identify key poetic techniques and values in each piece, and we’ll practice methods of creative revision. In the second half of the session, participants will submit new poems that reflect our discussion of earlier work; the instructor will work with each participant to devise an individually meaningful approach.