Iowa Summer Writing Festival

Iowa Summer Writing Festival

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Can't wait to hear about your Spring '21 course offerings. Needless to say, I'm already signed-up! ;-)
Students, teachers, writers, readers, administrators, artists—or all 6!:
I'm a long time attendee to ISWF and only today received the catalog for 2020, it got waylaid because of moving residences in 2019, and snail mail is only just now catching up to us.
Quickly went on line to see what the situation is for this summer and 'though understandable why it is cancelled, I am so sad.
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Dear fellow writers,

A writer friend in Texas has just had a serious auto accident with brain and ocular injuries. She is afraid she’ll never write again.

Anyone have any inspiring stories I can share with her about writers who have had similar injuries?
Something to do this summer?
Who is going to teach an anthology class???!!!!!!!! Anyone! Please & Thank You!!
11TH HOUR is not at Phillips Hall this year?
Hi all! It'll be my first time ever attending the summer writing festival the third week of June. Does anyone have tips for a noob?
When will 2019 news/workshops be announced?
The best ever, especially Prof. Gordon Mennenga.,
First session is this June, so excited. This is my 9th year with the Festival, and so far, every instructor/facilitator has been grand...

(I am a retired teacher and we tend to think WE are the ones who have been so grand -- so appreciate the accolade here for the ISWF! No Hyperbole here.)

I have never experienced such a breath of teaching talent in one place year after year.

Thanks, Amy Margolis, for all you do for us fledglings.

Est. 1987, a community of writers of all stripes and skills coming together in Iowa City's sweet summertime. The ORIGINAL Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

No added hormones! No trans fat! No high fructose corn syrup! Made with REAL SUGAR and REAL BUTTER. Now in its 35th year, The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is a noncredit writing program for adults in the The University of Iowa's Magid Center for Writing. In summer, the Festival offers 120 weeklong and weekend workshops across the genres, including novel, short story, poetry, essay, memoir, humor,

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July 16–July 18, 2021. Poetry: Writing Alone Together — A Retreat for Generating New Poems with Susan Aizenberg - Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF) 07/11/2021

July 16–July 18, 2021. Poetry: Writing Alone Together — A Retreat for Generating New Poems with Susan Aizenberg - Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF)

This beautiful online poetry workshop with Susan Aizenberg still has spots open. Join us for an immersive, generative weekend among friends, July 16-18.
https://mcuw-uiowa.catalog.instructure.com/browse/iswf/courses/iswf-writing-alone-together-a-weekend-retreat-for-generating-new-poems-with-susan-aizenberg

July 16–July 18, 2021. Poetry: Writing Alone Together — A Retreat for Generating New Poems with Susan Aizenberg - Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF) Friday on Zoom, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Iowa/Central Time (8:00–9:00 Eastern; 5:00–6:00 Pacific; 6:00–7:00 Mountain) Introductory meeting

July 9–July 30, 2021. Lockdown, Write-Out: Turning the Unprecedented into Lyric Poems with Michael Morse - Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF) 07/07/2021

July 9–July 30, 2021. Lockdown, Write-Out: Turning the Unprecedented into Lyric Poems with Michael Morse - Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF)

This gorgeous online poetry workshop with longtime Festival instructor Michael Morse still has spots available. It starts this Friday. What the world needs now is Morse, sweet Morse! He's a wonder. https://mcuw-uiowa.catalog.instructure.com/browse/iswf/courses/iswf-lockdown-write-out-turning-the-unprecedented-into-lyric-poems-with-michael-morse?fbclid=IwAR1MC0GvfUoBYxDYlR15TlhwpBJtw275GZO1IR6_5dubeKPIztZcVZJfrh8

July 9–July 30, 2021. Lockdown, Write-Out: Turning the Unprecedented into Lyric Poems with Michael Morse - Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF) Among the words that might capture the essence of our last year-and-a-half, unprecedented comes to mind, and this generative workshop for beginners and experienced poets alike will consider that term as a foundation for our work. What does it mean to channel individual and collective experience into...

Joanna Koerten's Scissor-Cut Works Were Compared to Michelangelo | JSTOR Daily 06/26/2021

Joanna Koerten's Scissor-Cut Works Were Compared to Michelangelo | JSTOR Daily

Negative space.

Joanna Koerten's Scissor-Cut Works Were Compared to Michelangelo | JSTOR Daily And then, snip by snip, she was cut out of the frame of Renaissance art history.

Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF) 06/22/2021

Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF)

Friends! Registration is now open for Iowa Summer Writing Festival online workshops in July. This is our last round until October, and it's a doozy. Join us, won't you?

https://mcuw-uiowa.catalog.instructure.com/browse/iswf/

Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF)

06/03/2021

Our friends at the Iowa Youth Writing Project are offering amazing online writing programs for young people. If you have a high school student applying to college, take a look: https://mcuw-uiowa.catalog.instructure.com/courses/iywpsummer-2021-finding-your-voice-the-art-of-the-college-admission-essay

Our friends at the Iowa Youth Writing Project are offering amazing online writing programs for young people. If you have a high school student applying to college, take a look: https://mcuw-uiowa.catalog.instructure.com/courses/iywpsummer-2021-finding-your-voice-the-art-of-the-college-admission-essay

Finding Your Voice | Iowa Youth Writing Project 05/26/2021

Finding Your Voice | Iowa Youth Writing Project

Have a high-schooler applying to college this year or next? It's more important than ever that they write a stand-out admission essay. Enroll them in "Finding Your Voice: The Art of the College Admission Essay," an asynchronous, online course from the Iowa Youth Writing Project, taught by Isabel Henderson (Princeton, BA; Iowa Writers' Workshop, MFA). Register below. Questions? Email [email protected].
https://iywp.org/finding-your-voice

Finding Your Voice | Iowa Youth Writing Project As a high school junior or senior, you will get your test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation in order—but what about that last crucial item, the college application essay? How can you convey your goals, personality, and sense of self in just a few hundred words? This course will di...

Sharon Oard Warner on Writing the Novella, a Q&A with Book Excerpt | Sheila Bender's Writing It Real 05/07/2021

Sharon Oard Warner on Writing the Novella, a Q&A with Book Excerpt | Sheila Bender's Writing It Real

A splendid interview with longtime Festival instructor Sharon Oard Warner about the novella. Sharon wrote the book on the novella (she really did. It's called WRITING THE NOVELLA). There are still a few spots open in her May online workshop in the Festival, "The Novella Workshop." It's a beauty. https://writingitreal.com/special-editions/sharon-oard-warner-on-writing-the-novella-a-qa-with-book-excerpt

Sharon Oard Warner on Writing the Novella, a Q&A with Book Excerpt | Sheila Bender's Writing It Real Sharon Oard Warner on Writing the Novella, a Q&A with Book Excerpt Earlier this spring, I received a review copy of Writing the Novella by Sharon Oard Warner, and I continue to pore over it. I have loved many novellas in my time, often without even realizing they are novellas. Warner’s method of i...

May 10–June 14, 2021. Revisioning Your Story with Karen Bender - Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF) 05/05/2021

May 10–June 14, 2021. Revisioning Your Story with Karen Bender - Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF)

There are still spots open in this gorgeous online short story workshop with National Book Award Finalist Karen Bender. Join us! https://mcuw-uiowa.catalog.instructure.com/browse/iswf/courses/revisioning-your-story-with-karen-bender

May 10–June 14, 2021. Revisioning Your Story with Karen Bender - Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF) In this five-week class, we will both build and revise a short story. In the first two weeks, you will complete short exercises aimed at developing your story in progress. In the third and fourth weeks, you’ll submit a story, up to eight pages in length, for the class to critique in workshop. In o...

Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF) 04/26/2021

Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF)

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival's online May workshops are now OPEN for registration!
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Join us here: https://mcuw-uiowa.catalog.instructure.com/browse/iswf/

Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF)

Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF) 03/31/2021

Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF)

Pssst...Enrollment has begun for online writing workshops beginning in April, and a few spots are still open. To view our April lineup and enroll, visit https://mcuw-uiowa.catalog.instructure.com/browse/iswf/. We're launching new online workshops each month through 2021.

Iowa Summer Writing Festival (ISWF)

03/24/2021

Friends! Today is #1DayForIowa, the University of Iowa's 24-hour crowdfunding day. The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is participating. If ever you were inclined to throw a little dough toward programming for writers at all skill levels in our communities, today would be an ideal day to do it. We appreciate every contribution large and small. Here is the link to the Festival's giving page: https://1dayforiowa.org/fa-mc21. Thank you!

Friends! Today is #1DayForIowa, the University of Iowa's 24-hour crowdfunding day. The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is participating. If ever you were inclined to throw a little dough toward programming for writers at all skill levels in our communities, today would be an ideal day to do it. We appreciate every contribution large and small. Here is the link to the Festival's giving page: https://1dayforiowa.org/fa-mc21. Thank you!

03/17/2021

Over the years, our friends at the Brown Street Inn have welcomed hundreds of Festival participants into their home. They couldn't represent the ethos of this place more beautifully, more generously. They're retiring from hosting and, we hope, commencing a future of comfort and adventure. Mark and Bob, thank you for making us all feel at home.

It is with many mixed emotions that we announce our retirement from the Brown Street Inn. For the past 15 years we have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming so many fascinating and interesting people from all over the world into our home. Hopefully, we have been part of making their visits to Iowa City memorable and enjoyable. We are eternally thankful for the wonderful friends and acquaintances we have made over these years. Welcoming guests, helping with dining recommendations, sharing out thoughts on local attractions, reminiscing about local history and sharing travel experiences over breakfast have brought us much enjoyment and have been the centerpiece of our days. We will genuinely miss that interaction and connection.

But it is time to slow down the pace, enjoy more time together, do more traveling and focus our attention working with a variety of local service organizations helping the community. We have purchased a condo in town and are looking forward to a little more carefree life.

It is our hope that someone will emerge in the next few months who can take over the tradition of quality service at the Brown Street Inn. Despite this past year, the possibilities and opportunities are endless for someone wishing to put their heart and soul into it.

We wish we could personally thank each of you for your support and friendship over these many years. As we get closer to closing the door to the Inn for the last time, we will certainly share contact information. Until our paths cross again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of our lives and your friendship.

Edward Carey in conversation with Amy Margolis | Prairie Lights | Iowa City Bookstore 01/24/2021

Edward Carey in conversation with Amy Margolis | Prairie Lights | Iowa City Bookstore

Friends! This Wednesday, January 27, Prairie Lights Bookstore will host an online reading by the brilliant, inimitable Edward Carey from his ravishing new novel, The Swallowed Man. Tune in to the reading at 7:00 p.m., and join Festival director Amy Margolis in conversation with Edward afterward. This book is a miracle.

https://www.prairielights.com/live/edward-carey-conversation-amy-margolis

Edward Carey in conversation with Amy Margolis | Prairie Lights | Iowa City Bookstore Edward Carey in conversation with Amy Margolis January 27, 2021 - 7:00pmPrairie Lights Virtual - ZoomPlease join us to celebrate the release of Edward Carey's new novel, The Swallowed Man with a reading and conversation with Amy Margolis. To join this virtual event, register here. Max Porter, author...

In Memoriam 2020 12/26/2020

In Memoriam 2020

Such singular voices, among them our friend Marvin Bell.

In Memoriam 2020 American poetry lost some major voices in 2020. Please join us in remembering these poets through their words.

Poem: Anthem 11/01/2020

Poem: Anthem

What a poem.

https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2020/11/poem-saeed-jones-anthem/616945/

Poem: Anthem For Susannah Mushatt Jones, 1899–2016

A Drawing a Day - Edward Carey Author 10/24/2020

A Drawing a Day - Edward Carey Author

Our friend Edward Carey's daily drawings in the pandemic are a bright spot in the day. They lift the spirit. Follow on Twitter or Instagram, or check out the series on his splendid webpage. https://edwardcareyauthor.com/a-drawing-a-day/

A Drawing a Day - Edward Carey Author

storymagazine.org 10/20/2020

Issue #9 – Story

We rejoice! Longtime Festival faculty members and friends Marilyn Abildskov and Anthony Varallo have new fiction forthcoming in the Autumn issue of Story magazine. Read teasers for both, and order here:
https://www.storymagazine.org/store/issue-9/?fbclid=IwAR32RbGspkS45oW5a7QM9iG-6JTmjGhacdm9FOK6HBzeGOrS5xULJoK0tkA

storymagazine.org Issue #9

examinedlifeconference.com 09/14/2020

Program – The Examined Life Conference

The 14th Examined Life Conference is coming ONLINE in October. This inspired and inspiring gathering offers workshops and presentations by and for people working across disciplines at the intersection of art and medicine.

These are the visionaries behind The Examined Life Journal, where many Festival participants and faculty have published work over the years. Check them out!

https://examinedlifeconference.com/program/

examinedlifeconference.com Program Our 2020 program will be held in two parts: An Opening Weekend of 9 sessions, and… …more sessions throughout the month of October and November (added as they become available). A-la-carte Registration: Due to the novel coronavirus, 2020 will feature a series of virtual sessions, and you....

newyorker.com 09/08/2020

Immigrating Into English

"I was a fraud in a field of language, which is to say, I was a writer."
--Ocean Vuong

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/06/06/ocean-vuong-immigrating-into-english?utm_social-type=owned&utm_brand=tny&utm_medium=social&mbid=social_facebook&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0B3q-68NOFv4VKZnLVNM1qNMgcUJSqflWjuGmGHylkzLcBpG8f1mKXvK8

newyorker.com “The trouble began when I decided to be dangerously ambitious. Which is to say, I decided to write a poem.”

twitter.com 09/05/2020

Doug Murano on Twitter

This.

https://twitter.com/muranofiction/status/1301892873542086656?s=21

twitter.com “I get tired of “under 40” lists. Show me someone who got their PhD at 60 after losing everything. Give me the 70-year-old debut novelist who writes from a lifetime of love and grief. Give me calloused hands and tender hearts.”

nytimes.com 08/24/2020

Documenting All the Small Things That Are Easily Lost

Have we already posted this marvelous entry from Lynda Barry? Who can keep track of the days? Let's revisit this wonder. It doesn't get old.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/arts/lynda-barry-diary-project.html?fbclid=IwAR2iUjM9D5X_2JJHl1S63yy2AMQicshGRCwKE0m4Lewh_82vMr0qAl9x9h0

nytimes.com An assignment for all of us to help capture an extraordinary time.

08/20/2020

The New Yorker

Same.

08/15/2020

Signing off!✨ As an intern posting on this page for the last year, here's my goodbye! Thank you, ISWF lovers, for engaging with me and my coworkers on this platform. Stay active! 💓 — Emily

08/14/2020

Looking for good #WeekendReads? Here are some (relatively 😜) recently published books by ISWF instructors and friends.

Photos reposted from publisher Instagram accounts: Penguin Books, Rescue Press, Dorothy, Picador books, The Iowa Review.

littlevillagemag.com 08/14/2020

'Every area of our city has seen destruction': Local and state leaders call on Gov. Reynolds to deploy National Guard to Cedar Rapids to help with storm damage | Little Village

Get informed about what’s happening in Iowa. 👇

littlevillagemag.com Every area of Cedar Rapids has seen destruction from the derecho that swept through Iowa on Monday, City Manager Jeff Pomeranz said. The destruction is more extensive than what the city experienced in the floods of 2008 and 2016, he added. “This is a greater impact than we’ve ever seen in this c...

08/11/2020

Comment if you still have your 2016 course catalogue!! 😃👇

08/10/2020

Truth.

A cartoon by Brooke Bourgeois.

iowacitypoetry.com 08/09/2020

The Poem Inside the Poem: Experiments in Radical Revision

"The Poem Inside the Poem" August 15th, 22nd, 29th, another workshop from Iowa City Poetry. 🥳

https://iowacitypoetry.com/workshops/poem-inside-poem

iowacitypoetry.com During this three week workshop, we will investigate what it means for the poems we have already written to "begin to live." Instead of polished work, on the first day of the workshop each participant will bring in a piece of theirs that they feel is "dead" beyond all remedy. Over the course of the....

08/08/2020

The Iowa Review

🌼 FLOWER POWER!! 🌼

writinguniversity.org 08/08/2020

Five Reads for Friday: August 7, 2020 | The Writing University

writinguniversity.org At the University of Iowa, we love our writers, our programs, we love our graduates and our students -- and we love the wealth of literature that they gift us, simply by being here.

08/07/2020

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08/07/2020

A bigtime #ThrowbackThursday! Any festival goers from the 1999 festival??

08/05/2020

Just a gentle nudge... 😃

08/03/2020

Take a peek out your window tonight: its a full moon! 🌝✨

08/02/2020

Happy Birthday, James Baldwin.

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive." - James Baldwin, born on this day 1924 🎂

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Now in its 35th year, The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is a noncredit, open-enrollment writing program for adults administered by The University of Iowa's Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. The Festival offers 130 weeklong and weekend workshops across the genres, including novel, short story, poetry, essay, memoir, humor, playwriting, screenwriting, hybrid forms, and writing for children.

Writers at all levels are welcome. There are no requirements beyond the desire to write.

Visit us at https://iowasummerwritingfestival.org/.

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