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What I Learned at the University of Iowa’s Two-Week Novel Writing Intensive!

October 9, 2016

Renee Johnson Writes

A poet I met at a writer’s event called to ask me about my experience at the University of Iowa during the Two-Week Novel Writing Intensive.

My reply: “There’s a reason they call it intense.”

This was followed up with: “A layer has been added to my writing tool kit, one that is slightly more complex and reader-focused.”

For those unfamiliar with the program, it is part of their Summer Writing Festival, though it and the Two-Week Screenwriting Intensive are slightly different from the other classes. These two workshops are juried. Each submission must already be completed or close enough to completion to have a sense of the author’s intent, and it must be sent in with the application for consideration. Of those, ten are normally selected for participation.

That’s when the real work begins. Since other professors may or may not approach this workshop in the same way, let…

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  1. Thank you for sharing! I hope your readers find something inspirational in my journey!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this

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