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. 

...

 

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. 
READ MORE & REGISTER

JenniferFawcettSquare.jpg

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. 

READ MORE & REGISTER

 
JuliaFierroSquare.jpg

POINT OF VIEW
A SPECIAL ONE-DAY WORKSHOP
October 15

Offered as part of the Iowa City Book Festival, this class will focus on consistent point-of-view technique as the foundation for successful structure, character and language.
READ MORE & REGISTER

 
 

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. 
READ MORE & REGISTER

 

 

 

DES MOINES WORKSHOPS

 
 

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.
READ MORE & REGISTER