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Featuring 138 workshops with 72 instructors, including old friends John Dalton, Amber Dermont, Kelly Dwyer, Hope Edelman, Sands Hall, Katie Ford, Hugh Ferrer, Sabrina Orah Mark, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, and Michael Martone, as well as new friends Douglas Bauer, Melanie Braverman, Ashley Colley, Jennifer Colville, Katie Farris, Lauren Haldeman...

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We have redesigned our website to give you a streamlined (and scintillating!) experience exploring what's new (it's all new!) at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Look around.

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The genius architect behind our new webpage is a beautiful poet as well, right now.

Her newest collection, Calenday, is out now from Rescue Press: 
http://calenday.laurenhaldeman.com

Read her. Read her here:  
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sheriff, outlaw, iconoclast, patron saint, courtesan, dowager, troubadour.  Fester has a bee in his bonnet (please never tell him he has no bonnet).  Also, he's given to aphorisms.

Ten, March.   Fester says:  I didn't say it was, and I didn't say it wasn't.

Eleven, March.  Fester says: Stone idols have clay feet.

Twelve,...

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Kate Aspengren

Weeklong Workshops June 7-12

Jonathan Blum

Weeklong Workshops June 7-12
Weekend Workshops June 13-14

Eric Goodman

Weekend Workshops June 13-14
Weeklong Workshops June 14-19

Sands Hall

Weekend Workshops June 13-14
Weeklong Workshops June 14-19

Christine Hemp

Mary Allen

Douglas Bauer

Weeklong Workshops June 7-12
Weekend Workshops June 13-14

Susan Taylor Chehak

Hugh Ferrer

Weekend Workshops July 11-12
Weekend Workshops July 18-19

Carolyn Lieberg

Matthew Lippman

Lon Otto

Zach Savich

Weeklong Workshops June 7-12
Weekend Workshops June 13-14

Mary Kay Shanley

Weeklong Workshops June 7-12
Weekend Workshops June 13-14

Mark Jude Poirier

Two-Week Intensive Workshop June 7-19

Michael Dennis Browne

Weekend Workshops June 13-14

Jim Heynen

Weekend Workshops June 13-14
Weeklong Workshops June 14-19

Michael Morse

Sarah Saffian

Weeklong Workshops June 14-19

Richard Thomas

Weekend Workshops June 13-14
Weeklong Workshops June 14-19

Hope Edelman

Two-Week Intensive Workshop July 5-17
Weeklong Workshops July 19-24

Timothy Bascom

Weekend Workshops July 25-26
Weeklong Workshops July 12-17

Linda M. Bendorf

Melanie Braverman

Weekend Workshops June 20-21

Venise Berry

Kelly Dwyer

Weeklong Workshops June 14-19
Weekend Workshops June 20-21

Andrés Carlstein

Weekend Workshops July 25-26

Michael Martone

Juliet Patterson

Weeklong Workshops June 14-19

Thomas Fox Averill

Thomas K. Dean

Katie Farris

Charles Holdefer

Wayne Johnson

Weekend Workshops July 25-26
Weekend Workshops July 18-19

Sarah Busse

Ilya Kaminsky

Weekend Workshops July 25-26

Beau O’Reilly

Weekend Workshops July 25-26
Weekend Workshops July 18-19
Weeklong Workshops July 19-24

Suzanne Scanlon

Weekend Workshops July 25-26
Weeklong Workshops July 19-24

Megan Stielstra

Weekend Workshops July 25-26

Jennifer Colville

Karen Subach

Kris Vervaecke

Weekend Workshops July 25-26
Weekend Workshops July 18-19

Lauren Haldeman

Nancy K. Barry

Weeklong Workshops July 5-10
Weekend Workshops July 11-12

Margaret Patton Chapman

Ashley Colley

Michelle Falkoff

Katie Ford

Weeklong Workshops July 5-10

Cecile Goding

Weekend Workshops July 11-12

Mark Mayer

Weeklong Workshops July 5-10
Weeklong Workshops July 12-17

James McKean

Weeklong Workshops July 5-10

Paula Morris

Weeklong Workshops July 5-10
Weekend Workshops July 11-12
Weeklong Workshops July 12-17

Carol Spindel

Weeklong Workshops July 5-10
Weekend Workshops July 11-12

John Dalton

Weeklong Workshops July 12-17

Douglas Goetsch

Rebecca Johns

June Melby

Anjali Sachdeva

Weekend Workshops July 11-12
Weeklong Workshops July 12-17

Elizabeth Stuckey-French

Weekend Workshops July 11-12
Weeklong Workshops July 12-17

Amber Dermont

Weeklong Workshops July 12-17

Jeremy B. Jones

Weeklong Workshops July 12-17
Weekend Workshops July 18-19

Daniel Khalastchi

Weeklong Workshops July 12-17
Weekend Workshops July 18-19

Jude Nutter

Weeklong Workshops July 12-17

Ned Stuckey-French

Naomi Jackson

Carmen Maria Machado

Sabrina Orah Mark

Weekend Workshops July 18-19

Malinda McCollum

Kathleen Rooney

Anthony Varallo

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Weeklong Workshops June 7-12

Instructor: Kate Aspengren
Playwriting
Instructor: Douglas Bauer
Nonfiction|Essay|Memoir
Instructor: Jonathan Blum
Fiction|Short Story
Instructor: Susan Taylor Chehak
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Hugh Ferrer
Fiction|Novel|Short Story
Instructor: Lon Otto
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Zach Savich
Poetry
Instructor: Mary Kay Shanley
Nonfiction|Memoir

Weeklong Workshops June 14-19

Instructor: Linda M. Bendorf
Nonfiction|Memoir
Instructor: Melanie Braverman
Nonfiction|Memoir
Instructor: Kelly Dwyer
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Eric Goodman
Fiction|Nonfiction|Novel|Memoir|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Sands Hall
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Christine Hemp
Nonfiction|Essay|Memoir
Instructor: Jim Heynen
Fiction|Short Story
Instructor: Michael Martone
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender|Hybrid Forms
Instructor: Lon Otto
Fiction|Nonfiction|Novel|Short Story|Memoir|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Juliet Patterson
Poetry
Instructor: Sarah Saffian
Nonfiction|Memoir
Instructor: Richard Thomas
Fiction|Novel|Short Story

Weeklong Workshops July 5-10

Instructor: Kate Aspengren
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Nancy K. Barry
Nonfiction|Essay
Instructor: Margaret Patton Chapman
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Michelle Falkoff
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Katie Ford
Poetry
Instructor: Cecile Goding
Nonfiction|Essay
Instructor: Mark Mayer
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: James McKean
Nonfiction|Memoir
Instructor: Paula Morris
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Carol Spindel
Nonfiction
Instructor: Kris Vervaecke
Fiction|Essay|Memoir|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender

Weeklong Workshops July 12-17

Instructor: Timothy Bascom
Nonfiction
Instructor: Venise Berry
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: John Dalton
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Amber Dermont
Fiction|Short Story
Instructor: Douglas Goetsch
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Jeremy B. Jones
Nonfiction
Instructor: Daniel Khalastchi
Poetry
Instructor: Mark Mayer
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Paula Morris
Children's/Young Adult|Novel
Instructor: Jude Nutter
Poetry
Instructor: Anjali Sachdeva
Fiction|Novel|Short Story|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Elizabeth Stuckey-French
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Ned Stuckey-French
Nonfiction|Essay

Weeklong Workshops July 19-24

Instructor: Hope Edelman
Nonfiction|Memoir
Instructor: Charles Holdefer
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Naomi Jackson
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Ilya Kaminsky
Poetry
Instructor: Carmen Maria Machado
Children's/Young Adult|Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Malinda McCollum
Fiction|Novel|Short Story|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Beau O’Reilly
Fiction|Playwriting
Instructor: Suzanne Scanlon
Nonfiction|Essay
Instructor: Anthony Varallo
Fiction|Short Story

Weekend Workshops June 13-14

Instructor: Douglas Bauer
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Jonathan Blum
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Michael Dennis Browne
Poetry
Instructor: Susan Taylor Chehak
Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Eric Goodman
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Sands Hall
Fiction|Nonfiction|Short Story|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Jim Heynen
Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Carolyn Lieberg
Fiction|Essay|Memoir
Instructor: Sarah Saffian
Nonfiction|Memoir
Instructor: Zach Savich
Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Mary Kay Shanley
Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Richard Thomas
Fiction|Short Story

Weekend Workshops June 20-21

Instructor: Mary Allen
Nonfiction|Memoir
Instructor: Thomas Fox Averill
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Melanie Braverman
Nonfiction|Essay|Memoir|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Sarah Busse
Children's/Young Adult|Poetry|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Jennifer Colville
Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender|Hybrid Forms
Instructor: Kelly Dwyer
Fiction|Short Story
Instructor: Lauren Haldeman
Fiction|Nonfiction|Poetry|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Christine Hemp
Nonfiction|Memoir
Instructor: Rebecca Johns
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Children's/Young Adult|Poetry|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Lon Otto
Fiction|Nonfiction|Poetry
Instructor: Juliet Patterson
Poetry
Instructor: Kris Vervaecke
Fiction|Nonfiction|Essay|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender

Weekend Workshops July 11-12

Instructor: Nancy K. Barry
Nonfiction
Instructor: Timothy Bascom
Nonfiction|Essay
Instructor: Linda M. Bendorf
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Margaret Patton Chapman
Fiction|Short Story
Instructor: John Dalton
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Michelle Falkoff
Children's/Young Adult|Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Hugh Ferrer
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Cecile Goding
Poetry
Instructor: Douglas Goetsch
Poetry
Instructor: Rebecca Johns
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: June Melby
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Paula Morris
Fiction|Novel|Short Story
Instructor: Anjali Sachdeva
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Carol Spindel
Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Elizabeth Stuckey-French
Fiction|Short Story

Weekend Workshops July 18-19

Instructor: Hugh Ferrer
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Lauren Haldeman
Fiction|Nonfiction|Poetry|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Naomi Jackson
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Wayne Johnson
Nonfiction|Essay|Memoir
Instructor: Jeremy B. Jones
Nonfiction
Instructor: Daniel Khalastchi
Poetry
Instructor: Carmen Maria Machado
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Sabrina Orah Mark
Poetry
Instructor: Malinda McCollum
Fiction|Novel|Short Story|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Beau O’Reilly
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Suzanne Scanlon
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Ned Stuckey-French
Nonfiction|Essay
Instructor: Anthony Varallo
Fiction|Short Story
Instructor: Kris Vervaecke
Fiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender

Weekend Workshops July 25-26

Instructor: Timothy Bascom
Nonfiction|Essay
Instructor: Venise Berry
Fiction|Nonfiction|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Andrés Carlstein
Fiction|Novel|Short Story
Instructor: Thomas K. Dean
Nonfiction|Memoir
Instructor: Kelly Dwyer
Fiction|Novel|Short Story
Instructor: Charles Holdefer
Fiction|Novel|Short Story
Instructor: Wayne Johnson
Fiction|Novel
Instructor: Ilya Kaminsky
Poetry
Instructor: Beau O’Reilly
Playwriting|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Suzanne Scanlon
Nonfiction|Essay
Instructor: Megan Stielstra
Nonfiction|Essay|Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender
Instructor: Karen Subach
Poetry
Instructor: Kris Vervaecke
Nonfiction|Essay

Two-Week Intensive Workshop June 7-19

Instructor: Mark Jude Poirier
Fiction|Novel

Two-Week Intensive Workshop July 5-17

Instructor: Hope Edelman
Nonfiction|Memoir

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Featuring 138 workshops with 72 instructors, including old friends John Dalton, Amber Dermont, Kelly Dwyer, Hope Edelman, Sands Hall, Katie Ford, Hugh Ferrer, Sabrina Orah Mark, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, and Michael Martone, as well as new friends Douglas Bauer, Melanie Braverman, Ashley Colley, Jennifer Colville, Katie Farris, Lauren Haldeman, Ilya Kaminsky, Matthew Lippman, Jude Nutter, Megan Stielstra, and Richard Thomas. Stars and stars and stars. Handfuls of them.

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