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Developing Your Story in Depth with Jennifer Fawcett

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

When: Friday, September 29th,  6:00-7:30pm
Saturday, September 30th, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)|
Sunday, October 1st, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Where: Iowa Writers' House, 332 East Davenport St

Cost: $265; Early bird $235 (through September 1st)


To develop a work, sometimes you need to write to discover the world around the story, the history of characters, the provenance of an object, in other words, sometimes you have to write a lot that won’t go directly on the page but will flavor everything that does. In this workshop, writers will dig deep into their work to discover and strengthen structure, explore the complexities and contradictions of their characters, and heighten imagery that can tie the whole piece together. We will look at what has spilled out on the page in the excitement of the first draft and begin the work of refining, deepening and mining the story within.  This workshop is open to anyone writing a story, no matter what the form. Participants who come with in progress work (some pages of flushed out ideas) will gain the most benefit from the workshop. Beginning writers should feel comfortable bringing their work--we all start somewhere. 

This workshop is sure to be an experience that develops you as a writer and helps you dive deep into the possibilities of your stories.


Jennifer is a playwright, fiction writer and founding member of Working Group Theatre.  She has written over fifteen plays, many of which have been developed and produced around the country including at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Tennessee Women Playwrights Theatre, Centenary Stage Company, Available Light Theatre, the Source Festival, Palm Beach Dramaworks, and Hancher and Riverside Theatre in Iowa City.  She is the recipient of the NEFA National Theatre Award (with Working Group Theatre) for her two-play project, Out of Bounds, the Kennedy Center’s National Science Playwriting Award for Atlas of Mud, and she was nominated for the ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award for Birth Witches.  Her newest play, Apples in Winter, which won the NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre, will be produced at Riverside Theatre in their 2017-18 season.  She is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Workshop.


Everyone has a story to tell. If you are financially unable to attend this workshop, scholarships are available through our generous partners and donors. Apply here.


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