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Ann Bauer

Ann Bauer

Writing from Life
One-Week Workshop July 15-20

Waiting for the Muse
Weekend Workshop July 21-22

Biography

Writing from Life
One-Week Workshop July 15-20

We writers are vampires, drinking experiences from our relatives, neighbors and friends. Even our fiction tends to come from the deepest, most untellable secrets we know. So how do we do this—steal heartbreak and embarrassment and failure from other people—without somehow doing them wrong? It’s delicate, but there is a way. Annie Dillard once said, “Writing is an art, not a martial art.” She asks writers to examine themselves, their own motives and flaws, before exposing others. Never to use words as weapons. And to illuminate the real, human story that is hidden in life. This class is for anyone who has a personal story to tell, whether only in mind or already in draft form. We will generate material during the course and workshop, both one-on-one and as a group.

Waiting for the Muse
Weekend Workshop July 21-22

The difference between writers and people who say they write generally is time spent in the chair. Waiting for the muse is folly. The majority of published authors are disciplined about their writing, setting aside time, devoting themselves fully—essentially putting themselves in the right circumstance for inspiration to strike. And while talent is probably largely chance…good habits can be taught. This class will focus on exercises, strategies, tips and tricks to help new writers start and continue a project, then go on to read critically, rethink, expand and revise. If you’re interested in this class, chances are you don’t yet have much on paper. But come with a clear idea of what you want to write and together we’ll make it happen.

Biography

Ann Bauer holds an M.F.A. from The University of Iowa. She is the author of three books, including A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards (Scribner, 2005) and a forthcoming novel, The Forever Marriage, which will be published in 2012. An award-winning essayist, Bauer has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Sun, Salon, Redbook and Elle. She has taught creative writing at Brown University and Macalester College. Bauer splits her time between Minneapolis and San Francisco.

 

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Sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education
Iowa Summer Writing Festival
C215 Seashore Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone 319-335-4160
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Last updated on November 14, 2012