The richest memories are hard to convey in all their glory—how do we instill in a reader a full sense of those vivid, inescapable emotions? In this workshop, we’ll be looking at the uncanny overhaul that personal experience and inspiration must undergo in order to create enduring literary effects. There’s no single formula for making deep impressions, but poetry and storytelling for a long time have been exploring how to be the opposite of boring. We’ll pore over examples from across time and genre; and through exercises and free writing, we’ll craft new work, hunting for the technical combinations that, at the very least, make pressing claims on a reader. This class is open to poets and writers of all levels and genres.
Hugh Ferrer (M.F.A. in fiction, The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop) is a senior editor at The Iowa Review and the associate director of The University of Iowa International Writing Program. He has taught a variety of courses at The University of Iowa, introducing undergraduates to fiction writing, international literature, journal publishing, and Iowa City’s literary culture.