Have you always felt a deep urge to write but not known how or where to begin? Do you long to get at the meaning and stories inside of you but feel frustrated when you sit down and try to make it happen on the page? If so, this class is for you. We’ll use a variety of prompts and easy, fun, foolproof writing exercises to generate writing that’s fresh, exciting, and surprising—writing that arises from the true spring of creativity inside us all. We’ll also discuss issues of craft, such as creating scenes and using specific concrete details, and talk about where students can go from here.
Mary Allen is the author of a literary memoir, The Rooms of Heaven, published by Alfred A. Knopf and Vintage Books. Her second book-length memoir, Awake in the Dream House, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship. She received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has taught in the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa. She lives in Iowa City and is a full-time writing coach.