June 2014

Mary Allen -- Harnessing Time: The Key to Writing

June 26, 2014
One of the biggest challenges, and imperatives, of writing is finding the time—making time—to sit down and do it. It’s something like that moment in the movie Field of Dreams, where a mysterious voice says to Kevin Costner, If you build it they will come. Except that in the case of writing, ‘building it’ means not creating a ballpark to attract ghostly baseball giants, but creating a little window of time in which to write. We can’t make the writing come to us, but if we make a space for it in our day, it will inevitably show up.

Talk Pretty, Talk Turkey—Just, You Know, Talk To Me

June 25, 2014
“Find your voice”—the most natural thing a writer should do, right? Somewhere inside me is my voice! Yet, the search tends to proceed like a grail quest, only trickier, because ‘voice’ pops up everywhere on the page, appearing now in the style, now in the sound, now in the stance, now in the details. So, is it the bedrock DNA of great writing, or a will-o-the-wisp? Should we follow the fiction writer Sylvia Watanabe’s advice, “Don’t try to find your voice; write a story”?

Stephen Lovely—Marathon Training for the Fiction Writer: Conditioning Your Mind and Body to Go the Distance

June 24, 2014
There are innumerable workshops you can take to help you write your first novel or book of stories, workshops in which you’ll focus on developing characters and plot and structure, establishing narrative pace and point of view, refining dialogue. But what about the character of you, the writer doing all that hard work? How will you plot and structure your life? What kind of dialogue will you carry on with yourself during the years you spend writing? What kind of pace will you set? What point of view should you adopt toward your fellow writers? Toward the world of publishing?

Michael Morse -- Rebel With a Clause: The Prose Poem

June 23, 2014
In this Eleventh Hour presentation, poet Michael Morse will discuss the prose poem, a literary hybrid with evocative potential. We’ll look at a brief history of the form, some model examples of writing that blend the lyricism of the poem with the syntax of the sentence, and try our hand at exercises that will yield early drafts of work to take home and develop.

Jonathan Blum reading

Archive Date: 
June 16, 2014
Jonathan Blum

Jonathan Blum reads from his novella, Last Word.

“Blum’s Last Word explores the lengths one father will travel to know his son’s heart and the distances that son will journey to keep his heart hidden . . . Richly detailed, brimming with warmth, humor, and tenderness, Last Word is a ‘honey jar’ of a book.” — Amber Dermont

At the Reading: Jonathan Blum

Jim Heynan: “Same Content/Different Form”

June 19, 2014
In this podcast, recorded on 6/19/07 at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival Elevenses novelist and poet Jim Heynen discusses the relationship between content and form. Heynen advises writers to revisit thematic "obsessions" and to attempt "re-exploring the

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