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Welcome one and all! Our winter and spring season has arrived with four weekend immersion workshops and four one-day intensive workshops with more to come. This season provides the opportunity to expand your craft into new mediums and discover yourself through personal writing. 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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WEEKEND IMMERSION WORKSHOPS

BE THE LIGHT YOU ARE: WRITING YOURSELF INTO BEING

January 26-27

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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NECESSARY LIES: THE FREEDOM TO INVENT IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

March 22-24

Play with the truth and expand your nonfiction horizons in this weekend experience with award winning memoirist Tim Bascom. The best writers aren’t afraid of the creative necessity to ‘invent truth’ when recounting memories, and together we’ll strive to release our restraints, particularly worries about factual accuracy, so that we can fully explore our creative options.

 

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WRITING, LIKE PIE, IS MEANT TO BE SHARED

February 22-24

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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CHOOSING ONE’S OWN PATH: A GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING

May 4-5

Self-publishing as a business has blossomed since the advent of e-books, but it can still be a difficult world to explore and thrive in for a beginner. Join Alex Penland and explore software like Scrivener and Calibre, review options for distributing both hardcopies and e-books, and address the way to get one’s work out while maintaining an affordable budget.

 

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ONE-DAY INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS

SOUL CRAFT: WRITING FOR SELF DISCOVERY

February 16

Take a break from it all and join award-winning spiritual writer Lori Erickson as she reimagines 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, 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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THE FOREST AND THE TREES: EDITING YOUR OWN WORK

March 24 (SOLD OUT) and May 19

Writing is hard. Editing what you’ve written can be even harder. But it doesn’t have to be difficult. 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

April 14

Podcasting is now considered one of the most accessible and digestible ways to engage with stories and ideas. It all begins with 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. And we’ll work our way toward the production process, plus publication and promotion of your show.

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SPECIAL EVENTS AND EXPERIENCES

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HER EXPERIENCE

March 8

Her Experience is a gathering of strong women from diverse backgrounds who come together to replenish mind, body, and spirit in a day of reflection, procurement of joy, and outstanding personal and professional opportunities.  It’s an opportunity to refresh, renew, and replenish your soul as we enter spring, and a blank page waiting to be filled with the magic you hold within. This event will be held at the The Iowa Writer’s House in Iowa City on Friday, March 8 from 8am-4pm.

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