Feed Your Writing: Observation, Memory, and the Long Walk Home

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Feed Your Writing: Observation, Memory, and the Long Walk Home


Participants will use personal anecdotes, remembrances of local history, observed details, and online sources to write fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry about the neighborhood where they grew up, currently reside, or a different place of interest. Through guided exercises, use of online photographs and resources, and by sketching while walking around Iowa City, we’ll refocus specific acts of remembering into creative work.


The goal is to bring writers of all genres and forms together by exploring a sense of observation and become more comfortable with integrating research and personal narratives into your creative work. While students may be familiar with memoir or traditional roman a clef autobiographical fiction, the narrow focus for this class is to use these skills and exercises to build out all of your work with rich, accurate details and to use anecdotes to add richness to your writing. In addition to craft-focused sessions, we’ll also break out for several adventures around IWH’s historic neighborhood to hone our observational skills. Bring your walking shoes!

When: Friday, June 15th,  6:00pm-7:30pm

Saturday, June 16th, 9:30am-3:30pm

Sunday, June 17th, 9:30am-3:30pm

Where: Iowa Writers' House

Price: $265

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