Violet Realm Write-In
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

Violet Realm Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Violet Realm (VR) is our IWH room dedicated to fantasy fiction and science fiction-- truly for all writers who are interested in creating magical worlds within their works.

Scarlet Room Write-In
May
24
6:30 pm18:30

Scarlet Room Write-In

  • Coralville Public Library

The Scarlet Room is our group for romance writers and readers where we provide opportunities for romance writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space.

The Foundational Elements of Storytelling
Jun
2
Jun 4

The Foundational Elements of Storytelling

  • Wallace House

Announcing our first Writers' House weekend workshop in Des Moines! 

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.

Learning Graphic Novels!
Jun
4
1:00 pm13:00

Learning Graphic Novels!

  • Iowa Writer's House

FUN HOME by Alison Bechdel and PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi have been some of the most beloved books of the past decades. They are also both graphic memoirs.

A graphic memoir can be the ultimate way to “show rather than tell.” In this workshop, we’ll learn about graphic novels and focus on the unique ways images can help tell a story.

Students will learn to use images to move the story forward and to heighten its emotional impact. They will leave with a greater understanding of how images function in a work of graphic nonfiction and with inspiration and ideas for their own graphic works.

Writers, artists, and participants of all levels are welcome. Previous experience or established drawing skills are not required.

Ghostwriter for Hire!
Jun
4
1:00 pm13:00

Ghostwriter for Hire!

  • Iowa Writer's House

There is a statistic that states that about 80% of the people in the US feel they have a book inside them they want to write. Only about 2% of the population complete and publish a book. Two things are often an impedance, time and skill. Ghostwriters fill in the gap as they are professional writers that have dedicated time and skill to help a client write a book from idea to published form. Currently there is a high demand for ghostwriters, as people want to expand their brands and presence in their respective marketplaces. Ghostwriters can exercise their writing skills, get paid, and not have to worry about coming up with story ideas, marketing or finding a publisher as these are the duties of the client. This presents a great opportunity for freelance writers to create a sustainable income while doing what they love.
This three-hour workshop provides the tools needed to begin ghostwriting which are different than conventional writing. Participants will learn how to collaborate with an author to develop ideas and outlines that match their needs, and will learn how to write in someone else’s voice. Attention will be paid to interviewing skills, transcribing another person’s ideas and concepts, and duplicating an author’s writing style. In addition, participants will learn the basics of being to find and engage clients.
 

Adventures In Writing: Discovering the Basics 9-12 year olds
Jun
12
Jun 16

Adventures In Writing: Discovering the Basics 9-12 year olds

  • Iowa Writer's House

Calling all young writers! Learning how to write can be like learning to ride a bike or learning how to paint-- there are some basic steps to learn but once you've figured out how to ride, the sky is the limit! In this workshop we'll explore the foundational forms of writing in fiction, nonfiction and poetry and then give our young riders a chance to flex their own literary muscles. Throughout the week, we'll create our own works, inspired by nature, found objects, and our own lives. Young writers of all levels are welcome on the adventure!

An Adventure In Writing: Using History’s Mysteries to Inspire Fiction
Jun
19
Jun 23

An Adventure In Writing: Using History’s Mysteries to Inspire Fiction

  • Iowa Writers' House

In this workshop, young writers will explore an unsolved Iowa mystery and use the facts of the case to inspire their own fictional tales. Author and teacher Staci Mercado takes students through the process that created Seeking Signs, the 2013 Midwest Book Award winner and a story of historical fiction based on the death of Minnie Seamer in Clinton County. 


Rainbow Room Write-In
May
16
6:00 pm18:00

Rainbow Room Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Rainbow Room will focus on LGBT literature and provide opportunities for LGBT writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space.  

Violet Realm Write-In
May
9
6:00 pm18:00

Violet Realm Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Violet Realm (VR) is our IWH room dedicated to fantasy fiction and science fiction-- truly for all writers who are interested in creating magical worlds within their works.

Rainbow Room Write-In
May
2
6:00 pm18:00

Rainbow Room Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Rainbow Room will focus on LGBT literature and provide opportunities for LGBT writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space.  

Scarlet Room Write-In
Apr
26
6:30 pm18:30

Scarlet Room Write-In

  • Coralville Public Library

The Scarlet Room is our group for romance writers and readers where we provide opportunities for romance writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space. 

Violet Realm Write-In
Apr
25
6:00 pm18:00

Violet Realm Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Violet Realm (VR) is our IWH room dedicated to fantasy fiction and science fiction-- truly for all writers who are interested in creating magical worlds within their works. 

The Love Story: A Writing Workshop with Vu Tran
Apr
21
Apr 23

The Love Story: A Writing Workshop with Vu Tran

  • Iowa Writer's House

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. 

Rainbow Room Write-In
Apr
18
6:00 pm18:00

Rainbow Room Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Rainbow Room will focus on LGBT literature and provide opportunities for LGBT writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space.  

Violet Realm Write-In
Apr
11
6:00 pm18:00

Violet Realm Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Violet Realm (VR) is our IWH room dedicated to fantasy fiction and science fiction-- truly for all writers who are interested in creating magical worlds within their works. 

Rainbow Room Write-In
Apr
4
6:00 pm18:00

Rainbow Room Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Rainbow Room will focus on LGBT literature and provide opportunities for LGBT writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space.  

The Foundational Elements of Storytelling
Mar
31
Apr 2

The Foundational Elements of Storytelling

  • Iowa Writer's House

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.

Violet Realm Write-In
Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

Violet Realm Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Violet Realm (VR) is our IWH room dedicated to fantasy fiction and science fiction-- truly for all writers who are interested in creating magical worlds within their works.

Scarlet Room Write-In
Mar
22
6:30 pm18:30

Scarlet Room Write-In

  • Coralville Public Library

The Scarlet Room is our group for romance writers and readers where we provide opportunities for romance writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space. All are welcome at whatever stage of the writing journey you are in!

Rainbow Room Write-In
Mar
21
6:00 pm18:00

Rainbow Room Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Rainbow Room will focus on LGBT literature and provide opportunities for LGBT writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space.  

Violet Realm Write-In
Mar
14
6:00 pm18:00

Violet Realm Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Violet Realm (VR) is our IWH room dedicated to fantasy fiction and science fiction-- truly for all writers who are interested in creating magical worlds within their works.

Edible Essays: Adventures in Food Writing with Jennifer Cognard-Black
Mar
10
Mar 12

Edible Essays: Adventures in Food Writing with Jennifer Cognard-Black

  • Iowa Writer's House

 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.”

Rainbow Room Write-In
Mar
7
6:00 pm18:00

Rainbow Room Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Rainbow Room will focus on LGBT literature and provide opportunities for LGBT writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space.  

Violet Realm Write-In
Feb
28
6:00 pm18:00

Violet Realm Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Violet Realm (VR) is our IWH room dedicated to fantasy fiction and science fiction-- truly for all writers who are interested in creating magical worlds within their works.

Scarlet Room Write-In
Feb
22
6:30 pm18:30

Scarlet Room Write-In

  • Coralville Public Library

The Scarlet Room is our group for romance writers and readers where we provide opportunities for romance writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space. All are welcome at whatever stage of the writing journey you are in!

Rainbow Room Write-In
Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

Rainbow Room Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Rainbow Room will focus on LGBT literature and provide opportunities for LGBT writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space.  

Writing from Start to Finish
Feb
18
Feb 19

Writing from Start to Finish

  • Iowa Writers' House 332 E Davenport St

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. 

Violet Realm Write-In
Feb
14
6:00 pm18:00

Violet Realm Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Violet Realm (VR) is our IWH room dedicated to fantasy fiction and science fiction-- truly for all writers who are interested in creating magical worlds within their works. 

Cedar Room Write-In
Feb
8
6:00 pm18:00

Cedar Room Write-In

  • Cedar Rapids Public Library

The Cedar Room is our Room for all-genre writing, located in Cedar Rapids! 

Rainbow Room Write-In
Feb
7
6:00 pm18:00

Rainbow Room Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Rainbow Room will focus on LGBT literature and provide opportunities for LGBT writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space.  

Des Moines Writers' Day
Jan
28
1:00 pm13:00

Des Moines Writers' Day

  • Barnes and Noble #2921

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.

Scarlet Room Write-In
Jan
25
6:30 pm18:30

Scarlet Room Write-In

  • Coralvile Public Library

The Scarlet Room is our group for romance writers and readers where we provide opportunities for romance writers to share and write in a safe, supportive, and creative space. All are welcome at whatever stage of the writing journey you are in!

Violet Realm Write-In
Jan
24
6:00 pm18:00

Violet Realm Write-In

  • Iowa City Public Library

The Violet Realm (VR) is our IWH room dedicated to fantasy fiction and science fiction-- truly for all writers who are interested in creating magical worlds within their works.