Necessary Lies: The Freedom to Invent in Creative Nonfiction
Mar
22
to Mar 24

Necessary Lies: The Freedom to Invent in Creative Nonfiction

The difference between creative nonfiction and fiction relies on the existence of fact. But what is fact? When we write creatively, we bring our own point of view to the story. We fill in details that our memories might not have filed away. In affect – We lie. But our lies can be truer than the straight facts. In this weekend course, Tim Bascom helps us release our restraint and worries about factual accuracy so that we can free ourselves to explore creative options. Come prepared to play with the truth and to expand the nonfiction horizon.

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Every Story Has a Beginning, But How Do You Start?
Mar
23
1:30 PM13:30

Every Story Has a Beginning, But How Do You Start?

For a writer, stories lie everywhere. We all have stories in our minds and in our hearts, waiting to be told. But sometimes it can be daunting putting that pen to page, or starting up a new word document. So how does one truly begin a story? Award winning author Larry Baker uses his own novels and experiences to explore the duality between our role as a reader and a writer, and help us begin on our writing journey.

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The Forest and The Trees: Editing Your Own Work
Mar
24
1:30 PM13:30

The Forest and The Trees: Editing Your Own Work

Come spend an afternoon with professional developmental editor Elisabeth Chretien and learn about the different types of editing and strategies to look at your own work with an editor’s eye. We’ll learn how to look at our writing at the sentence level, the scene level, and the universal level and how those three levels affect each other.

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Find Your Voice: An Introduction to Podcasting
Apr
14
1:30 PM13:30

Find Your Voice: An Introduction to Podcasting

The podcast industry is taking off. With over 68 million Americans listening to podcasts on a monthly basis, podcasting is now considered one of the most accessible and digestible ways to engage with stories and ideas. We will start by brainstorming your unique podcast idea. Is it educational? Entertaining? And what story do you want to tell? We’ll workshop your potential audiences, your defined elevator pitch, and your storytelling format. Finally, we’ll work our way toward the production process, plus publication and promotion of your show.

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March Zen Write Night
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

March Zen Write Night

What are writers always telling us they need?
Dedicated time to write. A space without distraction. A regular writing practice. We're excited to announce a new program to support our writing community in just this very way: Zen Write Nights.

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Writing, Like Pie, Is Meant To Be Shared
Feb
22
to Feb 24

Writing, Like Pie, Is Meant To Be Shared

In this unique mash-up, author and pie maker Beth M. Howard will incorporate a pie class into workshop as a way for us as writers to face and overcome our fears, let go of perfection, and gain the confidence to share what we've created. Her passion is contagious and you will come away infused not only with the courage to tell your stories, but with your own pie to share.

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Soul Craft: Writing for Self-Discovery
Feb
16
1:30 PM13:30

Soul Craft: Writing for Self-Discovery

Take a break from it all and join award-winning spiritual writer Lori Erickson as she re-imagines writing not as a world of solitude, but instead as a sacred place of self-discovery. As anyone who’s sat staring at a page or a computer screen waiting for inspiration can attest to, writing can be a lonesome practice. But that solitude also has great spiritual potential. Join us in this workshop to learn how to access inner inspiration and self discovery through your writing.  

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Be the Light You Are: Writing Yourself into Being
Jan
26
to Jan 27

Be the Light You Are: Writing Yourself into Being

In this weekend experience, internationally acclaimed author Debra Landwehr Engle helps us explore ways to reimagine ourselves and our lives through writing, and to maintain our own light in today's world. We'll discuss how to view the world with new eyes, move beyond judgement, uncover the resolutions of our spirit, and write our best selves into being.

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January Zen Write Night
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

January Zen Write Night

What are writers always telling us they need?
Dedicated time to write. A space without distraction. A regular writing practice. We're excited to announce a new program to support our writing community in just this very way: Zen Write Nights.

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The Path to Freelancing
Dec
2
1:30 PM13:30

The Path to Freelancing

How do you get started as a freelance writer? Is it possible to turn freelancing into a full-time job? Nicole Dieker is in her seventh year of full-time freelancing, and she’ll teach you everything she knows about how freelancers make money: how to pitch (even when you don’t have clips); how to build a freelancer schedule that combines writing, pitching, networking, and administrative work; and how to grow your earnings over time.

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Travel Writing: Making Our Trips Through Life Glow
Nov
30
to Dec 2

Travel Writing: Making Our Trips Through Life Glow

In this class we’ll use fun, easy, foolproof writing exercises to turn our travel stories into writing that’s fresh, exciting, and surprising…And we’ll talk about how to use writing as a life tool that can turn every trip we go on, whether it’s exciting and wonderful or not so wonderful, into a transformative experience, for us and our readers, allowing us to make the most of our travels through life.

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The Inventive Female Voice
Nov
16
to Nov 18

The Inventive Female Voice

How can women find a frame that fits our unruly experiences of self and body? How do we milk the interruptions, the stolen moments common to our experience as writers? How can we begin to make and break our own rules? This class will be multi-genre, and generative, though time will be allotted to workshop pre-existing pieces.

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History, Imagination, and Truth: Bringing Real Life into the World of Your Stories
Nov
2
to Nov 4

History, Imagination, and Truth: Bringing Real Life into the World of Your Stories

In this course, we will start by looking carefully at some selections by writers who succeed at bringing historical persons, places, and real-life situations to new life in their fictional or nonfictional worlds. Then we’ll write exercises aimed at freeing ourselves to imagine what it must have been like to be Great-Aunt Gladys, for example, growing up in rural Georgia in 1938. We’ll write ourselves into our characters as they encounter specific situations within the world we have re-created for them.

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The Searchers: Finding the Story in the World; Shaping the World Through Words
Oct
26
to Oct 28

The Searchers: Finding the Story in the World; Shaping the World Through Words

In “The Searchers,” author and publisher Robert James Russell will not only work through what it means to be a storyteller, but how to find the story worth telling—keeping ourselves and our readers engaged. As writers, it’s easy to forget that we are storytellers—take away social media and publication fanfare, and what we’re left with, at a most basic level, is our desire to tell a story we feel is important and necessary.

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October Write Night
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

October Write Night

What are writers always telling us they need?
Dedicated time to write. A space without distraction. A regular writing practice. We're excited to announce a new program to support our writing community in just this very way: Zen Write Nights.

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Welcoming America: Reading & Reception at MERGE
Sep
18
2:30 PM14:30

Welcoming America: Reading & Reception at MERGE

As part of International Welcoming Week Iowa City, join us for a reading of stories written by immigrants and first generation Iowans in the recently published collection, We the Interwoven: An Anthology of Bicultural Iowa as well as a reception and exhibition of artwork from visual artist Maegan Tyrell’s “Photovoice Project.”

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Witching Hour 2018 Fundraiser
Sep
12
5:00 PM17:00

Witching Hour 2018 Fundraiser

The Witching Hour is hosting a fundraiser at the Iowa Writers’ House this Wednesday, September 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please consider attending this event. Your support will help us produce an amazing festival and continue the annual tradition of exploring the unknown, celebrating the creative process, and discussing new work.

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Love Letters: A Community Writing Circle
Jun
3
4:00 PM16:00

Love Letters: A Community Writing Circle

Join us for a special community writing event at the Iowa Writers' House in partnership Honoring Your Wishes and Iowa City Hospice. Inspired by the themes of love, forgiveness, and gratitude, the Love Letters Project invites writers to gather together for a special afternoon of community writing. 

The event is free and open to the community. Spaces are limited and seats are available on a first come first served basis. 

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