October Writers' Circle 2
Oct
21
6:30 PM18:30

October Writers' Circle 2

Though writing can be a solitary practice, perhaps one of the most advantageous assets a writer can have is other writers to meet with and discuss their work. By joining the IWH Writers' Circle, you have the opportunity to meet twice a month with other writers to generate new work and receive feedback on existing projects. With the help of facilitator Linda Muller, Writers' Circle will be an open and collaborative environment for writers to connect and assist each other in developing their work on a regular basis.

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The Land Beneath Your Feet: A Fiction Workshop
Oct
25
to Oct 27

The Land Beneath Your Feet: A Fiction Workshop

Willa Cather said it most eloquently: “Let your fiction grow out the land beneath your feet.” Setting is one of the most powerful tools we have as storytellers. How we select and arrange the details of the worlds we create should speak to the senses and imagination of our readers. In this weekend experience, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf will help us explore how to tap into the land beneath our feet.

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Facing Your Fears: Writing Through Darkness
Oct
26
1:30 PM13:30

Facing Your Fears: Writing Through Darkness

“Scary “is a catch-all term that unhelpfully brings together several distinct, potent forms of human experience. Different things scare people—but more importantly, different kinds of things scare people in different kinds of ways. This class distinguishes among three basic experiences that shape humans (therefore readers)—objects of fear, experiences of horror, and realizations of terror. This class discusses these as important tools in the construction of various kinds of writing including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and plays.

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Courting Complexity: Braided Compositions
Nov
1
to Nov 3

Courting Complexity: Braided Compositions

Whether an essay, story, or poem, more than a single strand is likely to become involved in its making. Braiding means handling more than one thing at a time: plot and subplot, text and subtext, theme and illustration, all of which may lead you off track. With a variety of writing exercises in and out of session, and a little one-on-one time with your instructor David Hamilton—who was editor of The Iowa Review for more than 30 years—this weekend experience will test the possibilities of “braiding” your work, in whatever genre.

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Making Poetry I: An Informal, Introductory, & Generative Workshop
Nov
3
1:30 PM13:30

Making Poetry I: An Informal, Introductory, & Generative Workshop

Instructor Susan Aizenberg is returning to the Iowa Writers’ House with a new rendition of her generative poetry workshop, with new poems to read and updated exercises! In this half-day workshop, we’ll talk about the practice of poetry, read some sample poems, and do a bit of writing in the form of an exercise or two designed to generate first drafts.  The workshop is open to all, regardless of experience with poetry.

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November Writers' Circle 1
Nov
4
6:30 PM18:30

November Writers' Circle 1

Though writing can be a solitary practice, perhaps one of the most advantageous assets a writer can have is other writers to meet with and discuss their work. By joining the IWH Writers' Circle, you have the opportunity to meet twice a month with other writers to generate new work and receive feedback on existing projects. With the help of facilitator Linda Muller, Writers' Circle will be an open and collaborative environment for writers to connect and assist each other in developing their work on a regular basis.

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Self Portrait: The Heart of Memoir
Nov
8
to Nov 10

Self Portrait: The Heart of Memoir

Most of us know the standard tools of characterization, how to make fictional characters into real flesh-and-blood people. Yet the flesh-and-blood "I" of memoir, at least in early drafts, often seems ethereal and disembodied, like the voiceover of a documentary. Perhaps we simply haven’t asked the right questions. During this weekend retreat, instructor Cecile Goding helps us to find our inner characters and explore our past selves from new angles.

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Making Poetry II: An Informal, Introductory, & Generative Workshop
Nov
10
1:30 PM13:30

Making Poetry II: An Informal, Introductory, & Generative Workshop

Instructor Susan Aizenberg is returning to the Iowa Writers’ House with a new rendition of her generative poetry workshop, with new poems to read and updated exercises! In this half-day workshop, we’ll talk about the practice of poetry, read some sample poems, and do a bit of writing in the form of an exercise or two designed to generate first drafts.  The workshop is open to all, regardless of experience with poetry.

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Stardust Sessions: Writing Magic
Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Stardust Sessions: Writing Magic

Stardust Sessions are workshops for anyone who believes that writing is a way to light up the magic in the mundane. Through an eclectic array of methods—guided meditations, visionary poetry, chance operations, Fluxus instructions, divination, spells, and more—you will to tap into your imaginative and writing capacities in a supportive and reverent environment. No previous experience with any of these practices is required; all you need is a spirit of openness and play.

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November Writers' Circle 2
Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

November Writers' Circle 2

Though writing can be a solitary practice, perhaps one of the most advantageous assets a writer can have is other writers to meet with and discuss their work. By joining the IWH Writers' Circle, you have the opportunity to meet twice a month with other writers to generate new work and receive feedback on existing projects. With the help of facilitator Linda Muller, Writers' Circle will be an open and collaborative environment for writers to connect and assist each other in developing their work on a regular basis.

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December Writers' Circle 1
Dec
2
6:30 PM18:30

December Writers' Circle 1

Though writing can be a solitary practice, perhaps one of the most advantageous assets a writer can have is other writers to meet with and discuss their work. By joining the IWH Writers' Circle, you have the opportunity to meet twice a month with other writers to generate new work and receive feedback on existing projects. With the help of facilitator Linda Muller, Writers' Circle will be an open and collaborative environment for writers to connect and assist each other in developing their work on a regular basis.

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Go Down Deep: Exploring the Spiritual Essay
Dec
7
1:30 PM13:30

Go Down Deep: Exploring the Spiritual Essay

Writing about our spiritual experiences may involve stepping outside the ordinary into deep mystery, or simply finding enchantment in the everyday. Just as some spiritual teachings prompt us to look within, to embrace stillness, so good writing calls us into direct experience, or communion, with reality, so that we can see things with new eyes. This short class will explore ways we can sink more deeply into our writing, offering practical techniques for accessing inspiration.

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December Writers' Circle 2
Dec
16
6:30 PM18:30

December Writers' Circle 2

Though writing can be a solitary practice, perhaps one of the most advantageous assets a writer can have is other writers to meet with and discuss their work. By joining the IWH Writers' Circle, you have the opportunity to meet twice a month with other writers to generate new work and receive feedback on existing projects. With the help of facilitator Linda Muller, Writers' Circle will be an open and collaborative environment for writers to connect and assist each other in developing their work on a regular basis.

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October Writers' Circle 1
Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

October Writers' Circle 1

Though writing can be a solitary practice, perhaps one of the most advantageous assets a writer can have is other writers to meet with and discuss their work. By joining the IWH Writers' Circle, you have the opportunity to meet twice a month with other writers to generate new work and receive feedback on existing projects. With the help of facilitator Linda Muller, Writers' Circle will be an open and collaborative environment for writers to connect and assist each other in developing their work on a regular basis.

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An Inside Look: Literary Magazines 101
Oct
6
1:30 PM13:30

An Inside Look: Literary Magazines 101

What exactly is a literary magazine, what is their role in the literary world, and how can you get published in one? In this session, the managing editor of The Iowa Review will share inside stories of her sixteen years with one of the country’s most distinguished literary magazines. You’ll become familiar not only with TIR but also a number of other top literary magazines and receive personalized advice on where to send your work.

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September Writers' Circle 2
Sep
16
6:30 PM18:30

September Writers' Circle 2

Though writing can be a solitary practice, perhaps one of the most advantageous assets a writer can have is other writers to meet with and discuss their work. By joining the IWH Writers' Circle, you have the opportunity to meet twice a month with other writers to generate new work and receive feedback on existing projects. With the help of facilitator Linda Muller, Writers' Circle will be an open and collaborative environment for writers to connect and assist each other in developing their work on a regular basis.

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September Writers' Circle 1
Sep
9
6:30 PM18:30

September Writers' Circle 1

Though writing can be a solitary practice, perhaps one of the most advantageous assets a writer can have is other writers to meet with and discuss their work. By joining the IWH Writers' Circle, you have the opportunity to meet twice a month with other writers to generate new work and receive feedback on existing projects. With the help of facilitator Linda Muller, Writers' Circle will be an open and collaborative environment for writers to connect and assist each other in developing their work on a regular basis.

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Community Talkback: We The Interwoven
Jun
29
2:00 PM14:00

Community Talkback: We The Interwoven

Join us for a powerful panel of diverse community members and early readers as they discuss the newest volume of We the Interwoven, a collection of stories from immigrants and bicultural residents living in our state. Together as a panel and an audience, we'll explore ideas, challenges, and hopes for the next chapter in the story of our towns, our state, and ultimately our country.

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Book Launch at Prairie Lights
Jun
29
11:00 AM11:00

Book Launch at Prairie Lights

Join the Iowa Writers’ House at Prairie Lights on June 29th at 11am for the first event in our state-wide launch for We The Interwoven Volume 2, stories of living between two worlds written by Iowa immigrants and bicultural residents from across the state of Iowa. In this event, our 2019 writers will be sharing their work with the community for the first time.

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Second Session: The Forest and The Trees: Editing Your Own Work
May
19
1:30 PM13:30

Second Session: The Forest and The Trees: Editing Your Own Work

Our workshop on Editing Your Own Work with Elisabeth Chretien on March 24th has sold out, but anyone who was interested in this workshop and didn't get an initial spot, the next session will be on Sunday May 19th! Thanks to those of you who asked to be waitlisted and to Elisabeth who offered to teach again! We’ll learn how to look at our writing at the sentence level, the scene level, and the universal level and how those three levels affect each other.

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Choosing One's Own Path: A Guide to Independent Publishing
May
4
to May 5

Choosing One's Own Path: A Guide to Independent Publishing

Self-publishing as a business has blossomed since the advent of e-books, but it can still be a difficult world to explore and thrive in for a beginner. Join Alex Penland and explore software like Scrivener and Calibre, review options for distributing both hardcopies and e-books, and address the way to get one’s work out while maintaining an affordable budget. If you have a completed manuscript or an idea you know you want to see on the page, sign up and get your own stories into the world.

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Find Your Voice: An Introduction to Podcasting
Apr
14
1:30 PM13:30

Find Your Voice: An Introduction to Podcasting

The podcast industry is taking off. With over 68 million Americans listening to podcasts on a monthly basis, podcasting is now considered one of the most accessible and digestible ways to engage with stories and ideas. We will start by brainstorming your unique podcast idea. Is it educational? Entertaining? And what story do you want to tell? We’ll workshop your potential audiences, your defined elevator pitch, and your storytelling format. Finally, we’ll work our way toward the production process, plus publication and promotion of your show.

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April Zen Write Night
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

April Zen Write Night

What are writers always telling us they need?
Dedicated time to write. A space without distraction. A regular writing practice. We're excited to announce a new program to support our writing community in just this very way: Zen Write Nights.

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The Forest and The Trees: Editing Your Own Work
Mar
24
1:30 PM13:30

The Forest and The Trees: Editing Your Own Work

Come spend an afternoon with professional developmental editor Elisabeth Chretien and learn about the different types of editing and strategies to look at your own work with an editor’s eye. We’ll learn how to look at our writing at the sentence level, the scene level, and the universal level and how those three levels affect each other.

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Necessary Lies: The Freedom to Invent in Creative Nonfiction
Mar
22
to Mar 24

Necessary Lies: The Freedom to Invent in Creative Nonfiction

The difference between creative nonfiction and fiction relies on the existence of fact. But what is fact? When we write creatively, we bring our own point of view to the story. We fill in details that our memories might not have filed away. In affect – We lie. But our lies can be truer than the straight facts. In this weekend course, Tim Bascom helps us release our restraint and worries about factual accuracy so that we can free ourselves to explore creative options. Come prepared to play with the truth and to expand the nonfiction horizon.

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March Zen Write Night
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

March Zen Write Night

What are writers always telling us they need?
Dedicated time to write. A space without distraction. A regular writing practice. We're excited to announce a new program to support our writing community in just this very way: Zen Write Nights.

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Writing, Like Pie, Is Meant To Be Shared
Feb
22
to Feb 24

Writing, Like Pie, Is Meant To Be Shared

In this unique mash-up, author and pie maker Beth M. Howard will incorporate a pie class into workshop as a way for us as writers to face and overcome our fears, let go of perfection, and gain the confidence to share what we've created. Her passion is contagious and you will come away infused not only with the courage to tell your stories, but with your own pie to share.

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Soul Craft: Writing for Self-Discovery
Feb
16
1:30 PM13:30

Soul Craft: Writing for Self-Discovery

Take a break from it all and join award-winning spiritual writer Lori Erickson as she re-imagines writing not as a world of solitude, but instead as a sacred place of self-discovery. As anyone who’s sat staring at a page or a computer screen waiting for inspiration can attest to, writing can be a lonesome practice. But that solitude also has great spiritual potential. Join us in this workshop to learn how to access inner inspiration and self discovery through your writing.  

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Be the Light You Are: Writing Yourself into Being
Jan
26
to Jan 27

Be the Light You Are: Writing Yourself into Being

In this weekend experience, internationally acclaimed author Debra Landwehr Engle helps us explore ways to reimagine ourselves and our lives through writing, and to maintain our own light in today's world. We'll discuss how to view the world with new eyes, move beyond judgement, uncover the resolutions of our spirit, and write our best selves into being.

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January Zen Write Night
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

January Zen Write Night

What are writers always telling us they need?
Dedicated time to write. A space without distraction. A regular writing practice. We're excited to announce a new program to support our writing community in just this very way: Zen Write Nights.

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The Path to Freelancing
Dec
2
1:30 PM13:30

The Path to Freelancing

How do you get started as a freelance writer? Is it possible to turn freelancing into a full-time job? Nicole Dieker is in her seventh year of full-time freelancing, and she’ll teach you everything she knows about how freelancers make money: how to pitch (even when you don’t have clips); how to build a freelancer schedule that combines writing, pitching, networking, and administrative work; and how to grow your earnings over time.

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Travel Writing: Making Our Trips Through Life Glow
Nov
30
to Dec 2

Travel Writing: Making Our Trips Through Life Glow

In this class we’ll use fun, easy, foolproof writing exercises to turn our travel stories into writing that’s fresh, exciting, and surprising…And we’ll talk about how to use writing as a life tool that can turn every trip we go on, whether it’s exciting and wonderful or not so wonderful, into a transformative experience, for us and our readers, allowing us to make the most of our travels through life.

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The Inventive Female Voice
Nov
16
to Nov 18

The Inventive Female Voice

How can women find a frame that fits our unruly experiences of self and body? How do we milk the interruptions, the stolen moments common to our experience as writers? How can we begin to make and break our own rules? This class will be multi-genre, and generative, though time will be allotted to workshop pre-existing pieces.

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History, Imagination, and Truth: Bringing Real Life into the World of Your Stories
Nov
2
to Nov 4

History, Imagination, and Truth: Bringing Real Life into the World of Your Stories

In this course, we will start by looking carefully at some selections by writers who succeed at bringing historical persons, places, and real-life situations to new life in their fictional or nonfictional worlds. Then we’ll write exercises aimed at freeing ourselves to imagine what it must have been like to be Great-Aunt Gladys, for example, growing up in rural Georgia in 1938. We’ll write ourselves into our characters as they encounter specific situations within the world we have re-created for them.

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