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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 romance.

The classes are based on the workshop method, with the main text for the workshop being the writer’s 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.