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Writing Workshop with Hope Edelman

  • Iowa Writers' House 332 East Davenport Street Iowa City, IA, 52245 United States (map)

Best-selling author Hope Edelman is returning to lead a three day workshop at the Iowa Writers' House. 


Call them Era and Setting. Or When and Where. Every narrative-fiction and nonfiction—is grounded in a specific time and place. This weekend workshop will help writers develop both in their prose. We'll examine how stories unfold as they do precisely because of where and when they occur.  

Through a series of short exercises, we'll evoke a sense of place in your story (using visual description, sounds, tastes, textures, environment) and also to capture a specific moment in time, whether it's the mid Seventies, the late 1990s, or last week (using product names, songs, TV shows, stores, clothing). If you know where and when your story takes place, excellent. You're halfway there. If you don't, this workshop will help you decide.


Cost: $235

Friday, December 4th: 6-8pm
Saturday, December 5th: 9:30am-11:30 1-3pm
Sunday, December 6th: 9:30am-11:30, 1-3pm

Confirm attendance by sending an email to and the name of the attendee. We will send you information regarding payment.  

This workshop makes a wonderful holiday gift. Let us know if you would like to purchase it for another and we'll provide you a special email to send. 


Hope Edelman is the author of six nonfiction books, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, and The Possibility of Everything. Her books have been published in 17 countries and 11 languages and have almost a million copies in print. An expert in the field of early mother loss and mother-daughter relationships, Hope speaks at venues and conferences all over the world and has appeared frequently on television, including Today, Good Morning America, CNN, KTLA, CBC, and Good Morning Australia. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Glamour, Child, Self, Real Simple, and Writer’s Digest.  The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa, Hope is a member of Northwestern’s Council of 100, a group of 100 notable women alumni that mentors female students and recent graduates. Hope lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband and two daughters. She teaches writing at Antioch University-LA year round, and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival every July.

Earlier Event: December 4
Writing Workshop with Hope Edelman
Later Event: December 6
Writing Workshop with Hope Edelman