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NWP Creative Writing Master Classes

June 19, 2021
Online

The Nonfiction Writing Program presents free two-hour creative writing master classes for the community. These classes, taught by NWP students, will be held online Saturday, June 19. Students and other community members can sign up online through Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-nonfiction-master-classes-summer-2021-tickets-158321312307).

This year, these master classes are partnered with the Center of Worker Justice, a local community organization that aims to bring the members of our community together in support of low-wage workers and immigrants. Over the summer, the CWJ has run a Big Read community reading program based around a single book: Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North, a novel about a young Mexican woman who must defend her town after all the men have migrated to America. Through the novel, the program aims to share migrant stories to empower young people from all backgrounds and to highlight these issues in Iowa, among them the undocumented migrants and deportation threats, the meatpacking industry, and the Latinx histories and communities in the region. These writing workshops will explore these issues and themes, though reading the novel is not required for participation.

 

CREATIVE WRITING MASTER CLASSES

Free, One-Time, 2-Hour Online Writing Classes Open to the Iowa City and Eastern Iowa community!

Presented by: The Nonfiction Writing Program and The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa's 2021 Big Read Program. Funded with University of Iowa's International Programs through the Miller Endowment. 

This year, these master classes are partnered with the Center of Worker Justice, a local community organization that aims to bring the members of our community together in support of low-wage workers and immigrants. Over the summer, the CWJ has run a Big Read community reading program based around a single book: Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North, a novel about a young Mexican woman who must defend her town after all the men have migrated to America. Through the novel, the program aims to share migrant stories to empower young people from all backgrounds and to highlight these issues in Iowa, among them the undocumented migrants and deportation threats, the meatpacking industry, and the Latinx histories and communities in the region. These writing workshops will explore these issues and themes, though reading the novel is not required for participation.

Reserve your spot! Register for classes at 

https://nwpbigreadmasterclass.eventbrite.com/

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Lost from the Record: Writing the Unknown

Saturday, June 19, 10:00am-12:00pm

How we know the past has always involved a great deal of imagination. As essayists, we see that knowing history is not just a textbook activity, but is also a matter of empathy, interpretation and play. In this masterclass, we’ll use incomplete archival materials and fragments as a departure point for nonfiction writing, an invitation to speculate and ultimately re-inhabit historical situations. 

INSTRUCTOR: ANDREW TAN-DELLI CICCHI is a writer from Singapore and New Zealand. His work is published or forthcoming in The Rumpus, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Speculative Nonfiction.

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Kill Yr Idols: (un) Writing Celebrity

Saturday, June 19, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Hollywood looms large in the collective imagination, not only in the United States but globally. Travel to every continent on Earth and you will find someone who is up to date on Kimye’s divorce, Billie Eilish’s sultry Vogue cover, or Ariana Grande’s secret wedding. In this class, we’ll consider American TV, cinema, and music as commercial products and deconstruct some of the myths they propagate. We will write counternarratives of pop culture artifacts that have shaped our perception of place and identity.

INSTRUCTOR: GABRIELA TULLY CLAYMORE is an essayist from San Francisco. She is the former Managing Editor of Stereogum and has written for Pitchfork, Brooklyn Magazine, and Vulture.

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Stories from the 'Hood

Saturday, June 19, 2:00pm-4:00pm

This is a workshop all about place, both physically and psychically. Together we’ll explore how the places we've grown up have shaped who we are, for better or worse. Home may be where the heart is, but it can also be where the hurt is, especially when our experiences are rooted in histories of forced migration, colonialism, and imperial violence. Writing in poetry or prose in response to various prompts, we’ll generate work that explores our sense of location, geography, and community. We’ll think and talk about alienation and belonging, community and culture, and begin to tell a rich and complex story of life in the neighborhood. 

INSTRUCTOR: JAMILA OSMAN is a Somali writer living in Iowa City. She is the 2019 winner of the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and the author of A Girl is a Sovereign State, a poetry chapbook.

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Bonnie Sunstein in advance at bonnie-sunstein@uiowa.edu.