A recipe is a slice of history—an archival document that offers information about a recipe writer’s family structure, ethnicity, economic status, diet, and geography. In this workshop, participants will consider the recipe as a form of familial storytelling and meaning-making all its own and provide participants with the opportunity to excavate their own recipes for family stories and write an extended memoir essay, or “Edible Essay.”
This workshop will examine the ways we write about love in fiction: romantic love, familial love, unconventional love, etc. Our basis will be the notion that love is ultimately self-knowledge, which lies at the core of all great fiction, and like self-knowledge it involves an endless and inexhaustible act of seeking.
This weekend workshop will examine six essential foundational elements of storytelling in relation to both fiction and nonfiction: characterization, point of view, dialogue, setting, scene, and plot.
Participants will discuss several short essays and successful story examples related to each craft element, and we will use corresponding writing exercises to help develop the practice of each element. Writing exercises will generate new work or can be applied to a work-in-progress, and participants will have multiple opportunities to share what they have written during class time.
Most of us have a fun time getting a new piece of writing going. We love arriving at the idea for a piece and are excited to begin. But sometimes we write a couple of pages of prose or a few stanzas of poetry, and ask ourselves, “Now what?” In this weekend workshop, instructor Mary Swander will help writers learn the craft of development and how we see a piece through from start to finish.
The Cedar Room is our Room for all-genre writing, located in Cedar Rapids!
The first workshop in our new series on the business of writing, Mastering the Pitch with Lyz Lenz is an intensive three-hour session designed to show you the ropes to take you from idea, to pitch, to publication.
The Iowa Writers' House is excited to present our first Des Moines area literary event. In partnership with Barnes and Noble, we're hosting a series of afternoon events for area writers including literary panels, breakout workshops, and a special meet the authors and networking hour.
The event features Iowa authors Kali VanBaale, Sharelle Byars Moranville, Calla Devlin, Wendy Delsol, and more.
What began with an idea on social media by a writer in Florida has spread across the nation to Iowa. Writers from the Iowa City area will take part in the international Writers Resist movement being held on the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. to take part in a “re- inauguration” of our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy.
Join us for coffee, Russian tea cakes, and deep discussion at this one day event with Anna Barker at the Old Capitol Senate Chambers. The writing and publication of Notes from Underground was a monumental event in world literature and a turning point in Dostoevsky's life and career. Many of the questions he ponders in Notes from Underground are unresolvable and belong to what is called the "cursed questions" in nineteenth century Russian literature. Who are we and how do we define ourselves? Do we live in the underground of our own consciousness and how honest are we to ourselves about our deepest and darkest convictions?
Prepare to have your convictions undermined by arguments you cannot refute. Prepare to question everything. Long live the underground! Devil take the underground!
Finding Your Voice is a two-day workshop for young girls aged 8-14. Our teachers will not only introduce the girls to the many forms of fiction and nonfiction writing but will also help them find their own narrative voice. Through creative exploration in an environment of safe learning and expression, our girls will learn about themselves and about the voice they have inside that is waiting to come out.