10 -11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 – Iowa City Public Library, meeting room D
The Iowa Youth Writing Project presents: Play With Your Words!

Grades K-3

Free, but space is limited. Click to register.
Are you in love with letters? Do you wonder at words? Are you smitten with sentences? Come join the Iowa Youth Writing Project for an hour of imaginative writing, word games, and fun with language! We’ll provide you with supplies – all you need is a love of writing and sense of adventure!


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 – Iowa City Public Library, meeting room D

Make Your Own Booklet with Decorative Paper Covers with Artist Julie Russell-Steuart of Caveworks Press

Sorry, this workshop is full.

Are you always making lists? Do you need to carry a small notebook? Why not make your own? We will make a simple booklet with a decorative paper cover in this workshop. This structure needs no glue or even a ruler. Your booklet will have 24 pages, but the design allows for more, if you wish to try that at home later. Instruction handout provided. We will have a variety of handmade Lokta papers for the cover.


1 – 2 p.m. Workshop Tent, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 – Iowa City Public Library, meeting room D

Free Generative Writing Workshop Presents: Shadow Box Writing

Free, but space is limited. Click to register.
Looking at visual art opens writers to new possibilities of form. In this workshop we’ll explore Joseph Cornell’s surreal shadow boxes, experiment with the juxtaposition of found objects and cut up images in order to create writing rich with startling metaphor. Writers in any genre are welcome.



1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 – RAD, 123 E. Washington St., Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Story Bones

Free, but space is limited. Click to register.
In a collaborative studio environment, explore a new way of seeing and developing story. With paints, brushes, a roll of paper, and an awareness of how process is related to the materials we work with, we will deconstruct a picture book and use what we learn to write a new story. Not just for children’s writers: all who work creatively are welcome. High school and up.

1-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 –  Iowa Writers’ House, 332 East Davenport Street, Iowa City

Point of View: The Key to Unique Storytelling A Writing Workshop With Julia Fierro

Cost: $65 (Open to the first 14 registrants) Register at

Like their creators, our characters are capable of curiosity, and their eyes, focused on the right detail and filtered through the right lens, will unveil meaning in the same the way a camera does as it pans in on a subject in a film.

In this craft class, writers will practice close reading of both published work and student work, focussing on consistent point-of-view technique as the foundation on which successful structure, character, and language are built.

Workshop Description: Our writing instructors tell us again and again to “get closer” to our characters. We nod in agreement, all the while asking ourselves, but how do I get closer? And what does getting closer mean? There is nothing more frustrating than, after writing many pages, realizing you still don’t truly know your leading guy and/or gal.

We are all close to someone—usually many someones—and this makes us natural character experts. We spend much of our time analyzing our loved ones, our neighbors and co-workers (even the strangers sitting across from us on the bus), interpreting gestures, expressions, appearance, dialogue, and tone. We have all imagined the thoughts that pass through the minds of our lovers and friends and enemies; the celebrities we will never meet in person but who we feel already acquainted with thanks to the power of our interpretation and imagination. Writers can use this innate curiosity to create characters so complex they are impossible to be dismissed—characters worthy of the reader’s sympathy and investment.