WRITER: LENA BAKER
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: May 31, 2001
UI Summer Writing Festival kicks off June 10
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 2001 Iowa Summer Writing Festival, a short-term, non-credit
writing program for adults, will get under way June 10. The Festival offers
classes in a wide variety of literary genres including short fiction, novel,
poetry, memoir, essay, playwriting, humor, writing for children, mystery and
The classes are based on the workshop method, with the main text for the
workshop being the writers own creative work. The workshops are limited
to 12 people per workshop, so registering early is advised. There are no prerequisites
for the workshops, just a love of writing. Although there are some beginning
courses and some advanced courses, most are designed for those writers who
fall somewhere in the middle.
The festival includes one-week workshops and weekend workshops. One-week
workshops are $400 to $425 per week and weekend workshops are $175 per weekend.
Housing and most meal costs are not included in the fees. There may also be
additional costs for copying, outings, and books.
Director Peggy Houston started the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in 1987 and
has directed the program ever since. The festival is part of the Division
of Continuing Education, and Houston said that the program works closely with
the Writers' Workshop, the International Writing Program, the Playwrights
Workshop, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the Nonfiction
Writing Program. "We try to incorporate people from all these areas into
the festival," Houston said. "All our instructors are fine writers
and good instructors."
The festival is offering 138 different classes this summer, and there are
still openings available. For more information, call (319) 335-4160.