This fall we're delighted to announce an unparalleled lineup of author instructors and our most robust offering of intensive weekend workshops yet, now both in Iowa City and Des Moines.
Whether you're the most avid of novelists or you're a writer who simply scrawls daydreams, join us for a weekend to learn, devote yourself to the creative process, and take your work to the next level. 

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IOWA CITY WORKSHOPS

SEEING IS BELIEVING: CRAFTING GREAT CHARACTERS FROM REAL LIFE
September 15-17

This workshop will reveal new ways to write compelling and emotionally rich portraits of people that feel instantly recognizable in their honesty and complexity. 
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DEVELOPING YOUR STORY
IN DEPTH

September 29-October 1

In this workshop we will dig into writers' work and take the excitement and inspiration of the first draft, deepening it to the story within. 
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THE FUNDAMENTALS
OF FICTION

October 20-22

In this weekend workshop, attendees will discuss the application of character development, setting, dialogue, conflict, plot, and more to our own work. 
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OUR AVAILABLE WILDERNESS:
USING PERSONAL NARRATIVES TO ELEVATE FICTION AND NONFICTION
December 1-3

This workshop will teach writers how to tap into memories and physical senses, and how our own histories are rich with stories worth telling, no matter the genre. 
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WORKSHOP STAYS & PERSONAL RESIDENCIES AT THE HOUSE
The Writers' House in Iowa City has two rooms for rent. Whether for your own personal weekends away to write or while you are at the house to take a workshop, the rooms provide a quiet and cozy space perfect for inspiring words to the page. 

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DES MOINES WORKSHOPS

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EXPLORING NARRATIVE JOURNEYS:
HEROS, HEROINES, COMING OF AGE

OCTOBER 6-8

In this course, we’ll explore three narrative journey devices in order to better understand their structure, characterization, and universal qualities, as well as explore a hero's role in a story. 
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SHORT FICTION: FROM CONCEPTION TO PUBLICATION
OCTOBER 27-29

Mathieu will address the essential elements of short fiction that separate it from other genres, and he'll show how practicing the short form can grow one's ability to attempt and conquer longer, novel-like work. 
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THE CRAFT OF FICTION
NOVEMBER 3-5

In this workshop, we'll tackle that big idea and what it takes to finish a novel-length work, from outlining a first draft to putting the finishing touches on a manuscript.
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REVISION STRATEGIES FOR NOVELS AND MEMOIRS
NOVEMBER 3-5

This workshop will focus on revision versus editing, including techniques to revise plot and structure, scene, characterization/narrative voice, setting, opening chapters, opening lines, and titles.
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GO THERE: FIERCE WRITING FROM EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE
DECEMBER 1-3

In this class, we’ll learn how to capture in writing the places and the people we know intimately, whether you’re working on a story about that summer you spent in Poughkeepsie or just wanting to explore in writing the places you love.
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